Women’s Empowerment at the Frontline of Adaptation

About HICAP The Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP) is a five-year integrated programme aimed at reducing uncertainties about the impact of climate change, developing knowledge, enhancing capacities, and making concrete and actionable proposals for strategies and policies for the adaptation of mountain communities in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region, with a special focus on women. HICAP is implemented as a part of ICIMOD’s regional programme on ‘Adaptation to Change’ and covers five river sub-basins in HKH region. In four river sub-basins, the Upper Brahmaputra (Tibet-China), Eastern Brahmaputra (India), Koshi (Nepal), Upper Indus (Pakistan), HICAP is supported by the Government of Norway and implemented in partnership with ICIMOD, GRID-Arendal and the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research- Oslo (CICERO). In the Mekong-Salween (China) basin the programme is supported by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). One of the three major objectives of HICAP is to make concrete and actionable proposals for strategies and policies considering vulnerabilities, opportunities and potentials for adaptation, with particular reference to strengthening the role of women and local communities. Through a component dedicated to the role of women and gender, the project hopes to enhance the capacity of the mountain communities in general and women in particular to understand and integrate the opportunities and risks in order to cope with and respond to changing socioeconomic and environmental conditions (water and natural resources, land and non-land based production, household income, natural and health hazards). About WOCAN Woman Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN) assists agriculture and natural resource management organizations to build women’s leadership and mainstream gender and social inclusion into their research and development programmes, projects, and internal structures. WOCAN is a member- based organization with members in 93 countries. In Nepal, it has a wide network of grassroots women leaders, women professionals, and NGOs through its women leadership circles (a national level platform organized to develop women’s leadership, promote regular dialogues between women officials, professionals and rural women farmers, entrepreneurs, and groups to create new spaces for rural women voices to be heard at policy levels), training, mentoring, and research activities. WOCAN also works in collaboration with government and non-governmental agencies in Nepal at the national as well as district levels in capacity building, research, and organizing conferences. WOCAN works extensively on women and climate change issues such as REDD + and carbon standards for women. For further information, visit www.icimod.org/hicap.

For further information, visit www.wocan.org.


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