The following 12 chapters here are drawn from two issues of the journal Gender and Development. The first was published in 2002 (volume 10:2) and the second in 2009 (volume 17:1). The earlier of these issues broke new ground and laid the foundations for thinking about climate change in a Gender and Development context. The later issue showcases some of the progress that has been made since then in applying a gender lens to climate change.
The volume ranges over locations in Asia, Africa, Latin and Central America and the Pacific region. The chapters cover a wide spectrum of climate change related topics: gendered vulnerability; disaster-preparedness and adaptation; mitigation initiatives; and finally, advocacy aimed at influencing climate policies. These differences in contexts, topics and themes are overlaid by distinct conceptual approaches and strategies. The authors are drawn from a variety of NGOs, academic institutions, and official development aid organizations, but they all derive their analyses from experience, sometimes presented here in the form of case studies. Several of the papers will be of particular interest to GAD practitioners and staff of development organizations wondering how to address gender and climate change in development programmes and projects on the ground. That is because the writers present entry points for addressing gender issues, as well as describing practical activities such as the creation and use of new tools. On the other hand, all the chapters will help readers to think through climate change’s gender dimensions and get up-to-date with recent initiatives in this field.