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1 UNECE: Lunchtime Seminar Gender in Environment Key Challenges and Success Stories Dr. Anke Stock – Women in Europe for a Common Future, WECF 27 February 2014

2 Content 1Key areas of examples on challenges and success stories Renewable energy/energy efficiency (Ukraine) Water and sanitation (Kyrgyzstan) Access to and management of natural resources (Tajikistan) 2Examples (challenges, approaches, impact) 3Conclusions

3 Energy (e.g. Ukraine) Challenges: -Energy poverty/low energy efficiency (in particular for rural population, women); -Lack of warm houses and warm water in winter (women and children particularly affected); -Unsustainable and time-consuming solutions; -Hygiene and general health problems.

4 Energy (e.g. Ukraine) Approach: -Participatory gender sensitive energy needs assessments; -Involvement of women; -Capacity-building (solar collectors, insulation, energy-efficient stoves); -Construction and maintenance/monitoring; -Financial mechanisms.

5 Energy (e.g. Ukraine) Impact: -Quality of live of women and other family members improved (health); -Ownership makes women to partners and experts – more capable to be climate resilient and to mitigate ecological impact (through awareness); -Information of policy-makers of these benefits (up- scaling in Georgia – NAMAs).

6 Water and Sanitation (e.g. Kyrgyzstan) Challenges: -Lack of access to safe water and sanitation; -Water collection is time consuming (women’s chore); -Consequences for education, time and health; -Illnesses: infectious diseases, diarrhoea, blue baby disease

7 Water and Sanitation (e.g. Kyrgyzstan) Approach: -Awareness raising, capacity-building, trainings; -Involvement of women in d-m through CDWUU and in further policy-making; -Establishment of female “role-models” within communities.

8 Water and Sanitation (e.g. Kyrgyzstan) Impact: -Improved management of water resources; -Self-confidence leads to more participation; -Women’s participation in target-setting under PWH and Steering Committees of NWPD – needs oriented outcomes.

9 Access to and Management of Natural Resources (e.g. Tajikistan ) Challenges: -High poverty rates; -Lack of rights and lack of awareness of rights amongst women; -Traditionally strong dependence on men; -High labour migration amongst men – women run households on their own despite lack of access to resources (land, credits, seeds, water).

10 Access to and Management of Natural Resources (e.g. Tajikistan ) Approach: -Capacity-building; -Agricultural trainings; -Income generating activities; -Establishment of women’s groups (agricultural products).

11 Access to and Management of Natural Resources (e.g. Tajikistan ) Impact: -Promotion of small-scale farming - sustenance; -Traditional knowledge becomes part of innovative approaches (e.g. organic farming); -Women’s groups involve on regional and national level; -Access to land/services and resources is part of international policy recommendations (e.g. to CEDAW).

12 Outcomes Gender sensitive needs oriented solutions often innovative and more sustainable; Importance of traditional knowledge re resource management kept (often by women); Small-scale and decentralised technologies are more environmental friendly; Local demonstration projects can be examples for development of national and international policies.

13 THANK YOU


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