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Women Mitigating Climate Change Impact Through Forest-based Activities - European Journal of Social Sciences (EJSS)

Women Mitigating Climate Change Impact Through Forest-based Activities

Lolita Pradhan*, S.P Singh and B.K.P Sinha

Author affiliation

Amity School of Natural Resource and Sustainable Development, Amity University, Noida, India
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The impact of climate change is disproportionately higher on women, the poor and socially disadvantaged groups. It impacts men and women differently, given their different roles and responsibilities at the household and community levels. In tribal societies women play a very important role as forest product gathers/collectors and users. They are the primary players in the collection, processing, and marketing of Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFPs) including food and fuel-related forest products. In this regard women bear the greatest burden and are most vulnerable to environmental degradations, and climate change. The forest ecosystems are also vulnerable to climate change and therefore the activities of forest inhabitants are likely to be adversely affected. There is a need for developing measures for adaptation to climate change for women folk. This can be possible through capacity building of women folk for adopting alternate source of livelihood, energy, and living conditions. Recognizing this, the state governments have initiated certain ecodevelopment programs which includes use of energy renewable measures like bioenergy, promoting alternative income-generating activities like home gardening, NWFPs processing etc., promotion of alternative energy sources like solar energy for rural electrification, use of environment friendly housing material, and watershed interventions with the objective of empowering women and ensuring their active participation to mitigate the impact of climate change in the long run.This paper attempts to analyse the ecodevelopment and capacity building program for tribal women in different states in and around the forest areas and analyse how these programs help in improvement of social, economic and institutional building in order to enable the tribal women folks to adapt to climate change.


Tribal women, women empowerment, climate change

Received: Jan 5, 2018
Revised:June 7, 2018
Accepted:June 26, 2018
Published on: June 12, 2019
European Journal of Social Sciences (EJSS), 2019 In Press.

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