MSB Climate and Gender

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Heavy flooding from monsoon rain in Ayutthaya and north Thailand arriving in Bangkok suburbs on October 22, 2011 in Prathumthani, Thailand.
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This project will provide an overview of knowledge on climate change and gender and analyze how this knowledge may be relevant to the operations of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) in terms of issues, concepts and stakeholders.

It has been well recognized that a gendered perspective of livelihood regimes is needed to better address links between climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and resilience.

Marginalized social and economic systems often face high risks and impacts due to climate change. People who derive their livelihoods from forests, smallholder agriculture and pastoral/nomadic systems face growing challenges due to climate change and variability, primarily because both precipitation and temperature are changing. At the same time, pressure on land and the current expanding commercialization of land and water across many developing countries are posing challenges to local livelihoods in general.

These impacts are experienced differently by men and women because their livelihood-related roles and responsibilities are different. Moreover, their life skills vary and result in variation of their self-rescue, adaptation and mitigation strategies and opportunities.

There are many lessons to be learned in the international arena about how to integrate enhanced gender visibility into adaptation and disaster risk reduction. Creating more resilient communities will strengthen the effectiveness of organizations such as MSB.