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Biodiversity, Gender and Climate Change


A short introductory reading from the GenderCC Women for Climate Justice website that summarizes the gender dimensions of climate change with relation to biodiversity and ecosystems. This reading is part of a larger study on the gender dimensions of climate change in several sectors such as agriculture, biodiversity, consumption, disaster, energy, forests, health, migration, population, tourism, transport, waste and water. The reading specifically discusses the traditional role of women as household managers, how they tend to use natural resources in the house, traditional knowledge systems and current gender gaps in the sector.

Students will be introduced to the role of women in household related natural resource use and decision making. They will learn the importance of women’s knowledge of local biodiversity and their efforts in conservation and natural resource management.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Discuss the gender dimensions of climate change in biodiversity and natural resource management.
  2. Discuss gender inequality in terms of needs, knowledge and behaviour in biodiversity conservation.
  3. Discuss the term “biopiracy”.
  4. Discuss the current state of women representation in biodiversity, conservation and natural resource management.
About Tool
Tool Name Biodiversity, Gender and Climate Change 
Discipline Social Sciences, Environmental Studies 
Topic(s) in Discipline Gender, Gender Studies, Gender and Biodiversity, Biodiversity, Conservation, Natural Resource Management, Sociology 
Climate Topic Climate and Society, Policy, Politics and Environmental Governance 
Type of tool Reading
Grade Level Undergraduate, Graduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by GenderCC Women for Climate Justice 
Hosted at GenderCC Women for Climate Justice website
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic

Mapped Sustainable Development Goal(s), apart from 4 and 13


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