Gender Just Climate Solutions Awards: AF’s work on Gender and Climate Change gets recognized by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at COP 21 Paris, December 2015

Alternative Futures has been recognized by UNFCCC Women and Gender Constituency as one of the eight selected finalists under the Best Transformative Climate Initiatives category. Brief description of the selected initiatives has been published in the Gender Just Climate Solutions Publication. Gender Just Climate Solutions Award is an initiative of the UNFCCC to make gender responsive and equitable solutions visible at the COP21 in Paris and central to just climate action! The award is meant to recognize commendable work on women and gender initiatives for climate solutions.

The best three initiatives, each under the three categories of technical climate solutions, non-technical climate solutions and transformation climate initiatives have been awarded a prize of USD one thousand each.

The three awardees are:

  1. Technical solutions: IslandECo, Marshall Islands. The project ‘Training young women in the principles and installation of solar photovoltaic DC refrigeration’ prepared young women to participate in the assembly, delivery and installation of solar powered lights, refrigerators and freezers on two atolls in the Marshall Islands.
  2. Non-technical solutions: GenderCC-Southern Africa/ Mopani District, Limpopo and Western Cape in Makhaza Community, Southern Africa. The project ‘Raising awareness on gender integration on climate change adaptation and building community resilience’ used a ‘learn and build methodology’ of awareness training on gender integration on climate change adaptation, water management, access to sustainable energy, waste management and sustainable farming methods in selected communities.
  3. Transformation climate initiatives: Tulele Peisa, Papua New Guinea. The project ‘Community-led relocation effort by the Carteret Islanders who face extinction from climate change impacts and extreme weather events’ aims to prepare and work with three host communities on Bougainville to ensure that there is adequate land, infrastructure and economic opportunities to include Carteret people.

Our work on ‘Incorporating and Institutionalizing the Gender Dimension in India’s State Action Plans on Climate Change’ has been recognized as one of the eight best initiatives in the category of transformative climate initiatives. (See page 33 of the Gender Just Climate Solutions Publication)