AGENT - Gender, Adaptation and Resilience

AGENT works to fill existing knowledge gaps and identify recommendations to address areas most adversely impacted by climate vulnerability, fragility and gender inequality.

Climate Change Gender Action Plans (ccGAPs)

Our approach includes the development of Climate Change Gender Action Plans (ccGAPs). These plans build on a country’s national development and climate change policy or strategy, and identify gender-specific issues in each priority sector. The participatory, multi-stakeholder methodology includes creating action plans to enhance mitigation and resilience for women and men throughout the country.  AGENT also builds capacity of women and women’s organizations, government representatives and other key stakeholders to champion gender equality and women’s innovative solutions in development and climate change approaches.

Over the last decade, 23 countries and regions have worked with IUCN to apply its ccGAP process, with each anchored in existing national development and climate change processes. Ministries and regional bodies have chosen to establish ccGAPs when there is limited understanding of gender inequalities in the climate change context and when they need to establish avenues to address these inequalities. Countries with ccGAPs are making greater strides toward equitable climate change responses.

Under AGENT, USAID has facilitated ccGAPs in Peru and Zambia and is developing plans for the Dominican Republic. Governments that have prepared ccGAPs state that the plans support coherence and stimulate cooperation between different government departments, sectors, and other stakeholders dealing with gender and climate change. Existing ccGAPs have already attracted interest from bilateral and multilateral donors and the private sector to invest in specific actions at the intersection of gender, development and climate change.


Peru’s ccGAP is influencing the USAID Mission’s strategies across sectors and has resulted in actions with multiple ministries, including the Ministry of Environment – which designated a gender focal point– and the Ministry of Energy –which began training women and men on gender and renewable energy issues.
The Dominican Republic's ccGAP covers many sectors, including unique opportunities within their tourism and aviation industries. As an island nation, aviation is an important part of the country’s socio-economic development. This ccGAP identifies the roles women play in the sector, as well as opportunities to maximize their contributions.
In Zambia, women are recognized for their indigenous knowledge in the management of agricultural and forest systems. This ccGAP expands on these considerations, as well as how to take action on women’s leadership in the context of climate change.
Full listing of IUCN supported ccGAPs.