Case study: Gender and cimate change in the Hindu Kush Himalayas of Nepal
Climate change is affecting Nepal and the impacts will be increasingly felt with necessitate changes in people’s livelihoods and lifestyles. Nepalese women are playing an important role in maintaining households and communities and in managing natural resources. However, their role is seldom recognized, and their perspectives, needs, and interests are not properly taken into account in development and environmental policies and strategies.These issues should be addressed in research, development, disaster preparedness, and adaptation and mitigation strategies.
Climate change is already affecting people’s livelihoods and food security. The poor are the most vulnerable because they do not have the necessary reserve of assets to adapt. Development interventions will have to address individual and collective capacity to adapt to climate change, such as expanding information networks and communication infrastructure, building capacity for decision-making, and increasing the security of people’s assets.In additon, the climate change results the incidence of natural hazards will increase and be more intense. So, it is important to put a human face on climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. Even with the best infrastructures, alert systems, or intervention plans, it is people’s reactions and responses that will make the policies work or not.