To effectively, efficiently, and equitably respond to climate change, countries must develop gender responsive mitigation and adaptation strategies—not least because women are among those disproportionately and adversely affected by climate change and are seldom included in relevant decision-making processes to identify and implement solutions. Mitigation actions are measures undertaken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and harnessing the experiences, expertise, and ideas of women and men alike is essential for full mitigation power. Governments, institutions and agencies have been slow to consider ways in which women and gender considerations can be well integrated in mitigation planning –but the trend may be improving, as the following Brief discusses.
Peru’s INDC commits to reduce greenhouse emissions by 30% of its projected business-as-usual scenario by 2030. Under its Action Plan on Gender and Climate Change, Peru encourages the full and equal participation of women—including indigenous women—in adaptation actions.
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