President of the 17th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention for Climate Change

The book “Thato ya Batho” was a UNFCCC COP 17 legacy project, that aimed to highlight the need for gender-differentiated climate change approaches, whilst emphasising the related investment opportunities in gender-based adaptation strategies. Such strategies recognise the role of women and indigenous knowledge in those sectors that are the most vulnerable to climate change, and their need to adjust rapidly, often without the appropriate enabling environment.

The publication drew on existing gender and adaptation case studies, to tell stories of adaptation to climate-induced change initiated by women around the developing world, who are either forced to respond to the impacts of climate change and/or who recognise the related livelihood opportunities. The 104-page full-colour book includes 36 case studies from around the world.


Thuto ya Batho: Women Adapt to Climate Change

Presentation: Beyond the vulnerability trap: Enhancing gender drive climate response-policy interface

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Department for International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO)


South Africa & Global


Namibian DesertRegional Climate Change Programme, Southern Africa
Aerial view of Victoria falls, Zambia, Zimbabwe, AfricaRisk and vulnerability mapping in the Zambezi River Basin