Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Arabic training manual on gender, climate change released

MENA-FN from the Jordan Times: The first Arabic language training manual on gender and climate change was released on Monday with the aim of mainstreaming gender considerations in climate change mitigation and adaptations efforts in Jordan. The Arabic version, which was issued by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), clarifies the linkage between gender and climate change, experts in sustainable development and climate change said yesterday.

It aims at increasing the capacity of decision makers in developing gender-responsive climate change policies and strategies, particularly since women are important actors of change and holders of significant knowledge and skills related to mitigation, adaptation and reduction of risks associated with climate change, according to the manual.

During yesterday's launch ceremony HRH Princess Basma noted that women form the majority of the world's impoverished population and are the most in need of sustainable development. But despite the fact that women are the most dependent category on natural resources, they remain marginalised in the formulation of environmental policies, added the Princess, who is president of the Jordanian National Commission for Women (JNCW).

She underscored that this situation renders women the category most affected by the impact of climate change. But given the fact that women are the most dependent on natural resources, their experience qualifies them to be an essential source in formulating applicable policies in climate change adaptation and mitigation, Princess Basma underscored. "Women in this case are a defining factor for the success of any environment-related strategy," she pointed out….

Children on the road to school in Jordan, shot by Jeanhousen, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license

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