Climate Change Gender Action Plan Developed for Peru
A Climate Change Gender Action Plan (ccGAP) which lays out key priorities for action on gender and climate change work in Peru was recently released after a robust planning process.
ccGAPs are nationally recognized strategies for analyzing and collaboratively developing a suite of actions that address gender and climate change issues through a process that builds the capacity of key actors.
Development of the Peru ccGAP was led by the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Global Gender Office through the Gender Equality for Climate Change Opportunities (GECCO) initiative in collaboration with USAID's mission in Peru, and other donors.
The GECCO initiative is a five-year partnership between USAID and IUCN to advance women’s empowerment and gender equality through, and for, the benefit of climate change and development outcomes. GECCO can provide support to USAID Missions to develop or implement a ccGAP.
In Peru, the process brought together a wide range of stakeholders, including donors, the Ministry of Environment, and numerous civil society groups for discussions that raised awareness and will lead to action.
Marisol Diaz, from USAID's mission in Peru, noted that the Mission sees the ccGAP as a worthwhile investment. She said the process gave a voice to women and indigenous communities who often aren’t included in planning processes and brought their issues to the attention of the Ministry of Environment, increasing understanding and building their capacity.
Additionally, she said the Mission benefited from the process because it helped identify key gender issues in the environment sector and prioritize potential areas of investment.
For more information on GECCO, please contact Vikki Stein (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the USAID Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment's Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GenDev).