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Special Edition: Gender and Climate Resilience

Week of March 2, 2021

This email provides a weekly summary of collected resources that are relevant to BHC's activities. The full content can be found at the individual links below or upon request. If there are resources you would like to share with the BHC team, please send them to Lauren Azmon at

New Resource Bin Content

Climate change is a major challenge across the globe. We often talk about climate change having the biggest impact on vulnerable populations, but this impact is not felt equally between genders. BHC's newest Senior Program Officer, Deepak Tamang, is based in Kathmandu and has spent the last four years researching gender vulnerabilities related to climate change. This research culminated in the publishing of a book titled "Engendering Climate Change", Deepak's work is discussed in chapter 6. This resource bin includes the digital version of this chapter and other resources that show how gender affects climate resilience, and ways to build up resilience. 

TitleChapter 6: Climate change gendered vulnerabilities and resilience in high mountain communities
Source: Routledge India
Authors: Deepak Dorje Tamang, Pranita Bhushan Udas 
Publication Date: March 2021
Summary and content relevant to BHC:
Shrinking glaciers and reduced snowfall in the Nepal Himalayas have affected the livelihoods of the mountain communities. Repeated farm failures have driven young men to migrate outside the village to work mostly as unskilled labour. The consequences of these demographic shifts on the resilience and vulnerabilities of the communities are mixed. This chapter examines issues of gendered vulnerabilities, coping mechanisms and adaptation strategies in the upstream high-altitude areas of the Gandaki river basin in Nepal. Based on qualitative data, it shows that the vulnerabilities among social groups vary due to differential climatic conditions and social capabilities to respond to stressors. It illustrates potential steps to strengthen resilience to changing climate from a gender lens for communities living in high mountain regions.

Title: How Climate Change and Environmental Degradation Hurts Women More Than Men in Slums of South Asia.
Source: : Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University
Authors: A. Patel, H. Lotia, A. Malik, M. Mundt, H. Lee, and M. Rafiq
Publication Date: 2018
Summary and content relevant to BHC:
In the wake of growing environmental degradation and climate change effects, the livelihoods and wellbeing of slum residents in South Asia are increasingly under threat. Research finds that women who reside in slum communities are disproportionately impacted by environmental conditions and climate shocks compared to their male counterparts.

Title: How to use gender approaches to build climate resilience: Tips for designing ADB projects based on experiences in the Pacific
Source: Asian Development Bank
Authors: Asian Development Bank
Publication Date: 13 Jul 2020
Summary and content relevant to BHC:
This note provides practical guidance for designing projects that seek both to build resilience to climate risks and promote gender equality. It is intended for Asian Development Bank (ADB) project officers and their government counterparts, specifically for Pacific island countries. Recommendations focus primarily on projects that aim to help strengthen women’s resilience to external shocks. The note looks at how to ensure systematic coordination, assess gender-differentiated climate change risks, promote women’s meaningful participation, identify gender-transformative approaches, and develop gender-sensitive monitoring and evaluation plans.
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