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Gender and Climate Change in the Indian Hindu-kush Himalayas: Global Threats, Local Vulnerabilities : Volume 5, Issue 2 (11/11/2014)

By Ogra, M. V.

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Title: Gender and Climate Change in the Indian Hindu-kush Himalayas: Global Threats, Local Vulnerabilities : Volume 5, Issue 2 (11/11/2014)  
Author: Ogra, M. V.
Volume: Vol. 5, Issue 2
Language: English
Subject: Science, Earth, System
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection, Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
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Description: Department of Environmental Studies, Box 2455, 300 N. Washington Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA. Global climate change has numerous implications for members of mountain communities who feel the impacts in both physical and social dimensions. In the Western Himalayas of India, a majority of residents maintain a livelihood strategy that includes a combination of subsistence or small-scale agriculture, seasonal pastoral migration, male out-migration, and localized natural resource extraction. Particularly under conditions of heavy male outmigration, but throughout the region, mountain women play a key role in providing labor and knowledge related to the management of local natural resources, yet often lack authority in related political and economic decision-making processes. This gap has important implications for addressing the impacts of climate change: while warming temperatures, irregular patterns of precipitation and snowmelt, and changing biological systems present challenges to the viability of these traditional livelihood portfolios throughout the region, mountain women increasingly face new challenges in their roles as household managers that have not adequately been emphasized in larger scale planning for climate change adaptation and mitigation. These challenges are complex in nature, and are shaped not only by gender issues but also interacting factors such as class, caste, ethnicity, and age (among others). In this paper, we review the main arguments behind the discursive gender/climate change nexus, discuss the implications for gendered vulnerabilities and transformation of adaptive capacities in the region, and suggest ways that researchers and policymakers seeking to promote climate justice can benefit from the incorporation of gender-based perspectives and frameworks.

Gender and climate change in the Indian Hindu-Kush Himalayas: global threats, local vulnerabilities

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