Status of gender, vulnerabilities and adaptation to climate change in the Hindu Kush Himalaya: impacts and implications for livelihoods, and sustainable mountain development

The overarching recognition in all the literature is that climate change will have huge and largely detrimental impacts on vulnerable communities, and that gender will be a defining feature in shaping individuals’ experiences of adverse circumstances. However, there is to date little research on how actual and potential climate change impacts are and will affect women and men, on adaptive capacities at community or household levels, and on the ways in which gender and social differences are expressed in and reflected through inequalities and discrimination in policies, institutions and practices.