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A gender justice approach to eliminating Sudan’s Savannah belt’s vulnerability to climate change

Mey Eltayeb Ahmed (Independent Expert, Climate Change, Gender and Conflict, Khartoum, Sudan)

International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management

ISSN: 1756-8692

Article publication date: 15 August 2016

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Abstract

Purpose

Arguing that a gendered invisibility surrounding climate justice contributes to the overall vulnerability and burden placed upon the ability of women from disadvantaged communities, the purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the importance of developing a participative gender framework for climate justice with the potential to address the policy and programme vulnerability gap within climate change and conflict in Sudan’s Savannah Belt.

Design/methodology/approach

In utilising gender responsive discourse analysis, along with setting out the history of gender engagement within social forestry, this paper examines both the method of Sudan’s reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) development and its content.

Findings

The paper’s findings demonstrate that the REDD+ programme in Sudan provides ample evidence of the importance of integrating climate justice and gender approaches to policy, programming and projects through ensuring women and local community participation at all levels and interaction within policy and programme development, along with its implementation.

Research limitations/implications

The paper is theoretical in nature but did draw upon case studies and consultations, and the author was involved in some of the research.

Originality/value

The paper provides a positive and arguably original example of social forestry within the Savannah Belt and its utilisation as a best practice that has fed into Sudan’s REDD+ Proposal/Policy Document so as to potentially drive and streamline similar such initiatives across Sudan.

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Acknowledgements

I am sincerely grateful to the women and local communities within the Savannah Belt of Sudan, including Gedarif, Blue Nile, White Nile, Sennar and the North and South Kordofan states for sharing their experience and views. Much thanks is also necessary to the staff of the Forests National Corporation, in particular, the REDD+ national team, whose dedicated efforts to support gender and climate justice mainstreaming have influenced all aspects of the programme cycle. I would like to express my gratitude to Lucy Mathieson for the editing process, without which this paper would not have been finalised.

Citation

Ahmed, M.E. (2016), "A gender justice approach to eliminating Sudan’s Savannah belt’s vulnerability to climate change", International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, Vol. 8 No. 4, pp. 539-558. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCCSM-06-2015-0085

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2016, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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