Supporting UNCCD Parties to embrace gender equality and women’s empowerment as a guiding principle in LDN projects

ARE Boyer | IUCN
Published: August 2019
Last edited: August 2019
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Summary

In 2018 and 2019, IUCN with UN Women and the UNCCD (United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification) facilitated gender mainstreaming workshops in the Caribbean, the Philippines and Zambia to support development of gender-responsive Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) projects. These workshops, as part of the "Anchoring agreements on gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Rio Conventions" project, aimed to meet the specific needs of Parties toward meeting implementation of the UNCCD Gender Action Plan and national LDN targets. The workshops utilised a unique, participatory methodology, bringing together stakeholders from national and local governments, CSOs, women's groups, and more, to gain a better understanding of gender considerations in LDN specifically, and in the project cycle in general. These workshops complemented a help desk mechanism that provided tailored feedback to nine LDN project proposals made to major funding mechanisms. 

Classifications

Region
Caribbean
East and South Africa
Southeast Asia
Scale of implementation
Global
Multi-national
National
Ecosystem
Agro-ecosystem
Agroforestry
Theme
Gender mainstreaming
Habitat fragmentation and degradation
Land management
Legal & policy frameworks
Other theme
Land degradation
Challenges
Desertification
Lack of technical capacity
Sustainable development goals
SDG 5 – Gender equality
SDG 15 – Life on land
Aichi targets
Target 14: Ecosystem services

Location

Lusaka, Lusaka Province, Zambia | Philippines, Saint Lucia

Impacts

  • Stregthened the capacity of 143 stakeholders (85 women and 58 men) on gender considerations in LDN projects, which enhanced gender integration in project concept notes and in UNCCD matters. 
  • Through the help desk mechanism, IUCN and UN Women supported integrating gender into nine project proposals, totaling over USD 45 million in requested funding to major financial mechanisms. 
  • The lessons learned from the workshops informed development of a gender and LDN manual and policy brief by UNCCD and UN Women that will support initiatives by Parties to UNCCD. 

Contributed by

Jackie Siles