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Gender matters for develop innovative adaptation strategies to global environmental change

12/07/2016 In a new article, Prof. Dr. Berta Martin-Lopez shows the importance of gender issues for the development of innovative adaptation strategies for global environmental change.

Literature in global environmental change has scarcely focused to date on the intersectional character of gender and power relations in building resilience and adaptive capacities. Additionally, there has been a tendency to frame women as being especially vulnerable or virtuous in the context of global change without much empirical analysis of how gender relations operate in different contexts. In this context, two main aims are addressed through the papers in a special issue published in AMBIO: (1) to frame and advance the research on gender in resilience, vulnerability and adaptation to global environmental change in a comprehensive and interdisciplinary way and (2) to apply such interdisciplinary approach in a number of empirical cases from around the world.

Berta Martin-Lopez presents a collection of eleven articles that provide reflections and evidence of how effectively link gender and feminist studies with novel understandings about vulnerability, resilience and adaptation to global environmental change. The collection is composed of nine empirical papers, one state of the art literature review and an ‘insight’ contribution reflecting on the key topic of intersectional framings within research and development programming.

The special issue allows to better understand emerging patterns whereby gendered diversity in knowledge, institutions and everyday practices matters in dissuading and fostering options for enhancing social-ecological resilience and adaptive capacity in the face of global environmental change. Further, the rich texture of the case studies contributes to show the importance of contextualizing the gender debate within different socio-cultural situations to identify effective and equitable decision-making options to respond to the adverse impacts of global environmental change. Lastly, the special issue contributes to inform the environmental and developmental policy agenda towards achieving long lasting effective and equitable outcomes that are gendered sensitive.