Differentiated impacts of desertification, land degradation and drought on women and men | Land Portal

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May 2022
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The study  titled “Differentiated Impacts of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought on Women and Men” released this week at  COP15  has revealed that women are twice more affected by drought, land degradation, and deforestation. Drought and land degradation tend to increase the burden of unpaid care and domestic work shouldered by women and girls, which has also been further compounded by the coronavirus disease. 

The study highlights some of the most relevant problems, as well as solutions, associated with how deforestation, land degradation, and drought affect women and men differently, with an overall impact on the environment and on the societies in general.

It also considers gender equality in the context of the UNCCD with the aim to better bring about inform decision-making processes that relate to gender equality in the context of the UNCCD, specifically around the formulation of concrete policies and measures aimed at the implementation of the UNCCD’s Gender Action Plan.

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Author(s), editor(s), contributor(s): 

Lead Author: Lorena Aguilar
Coordinator: Rockaya Aidara
UNCCD contributors: Miriam Medel, Karen Bernard, Lilia Maximova and Sasha Alexander.


The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa (UNCCD) is a Convention to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought through national action programs that incorporate long-term strategies supported by international cooperation and partnership arrangements.


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