5. Frequent questions

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What is Climate Change? “… A climate change attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is added to the natural climate variability observed over comparable periods.” (United Nations, 1992.)

It is manifested by projected average changes in the temperature of the earth’s surface and precipitation.

How climate change affects us in Peru? Peru is known for being a country with particularly vulnerable ecosystems to climate change, since it presents seven of the nine characteristics recognized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC):

a) Low-lying coastal areas

b) Arid and semi-arid zones

c) Areas liable to floods, drought and desertification

d) Fragile mountainous ecosystems

e) Disaster-prone areas

f) High urban atmospheric polluted areas

g) Economies led largely on the income generated by the production and use of fossil fuels.

Why Gender and Climate Change? Climate change and measures to address it, may have similar effects in a geographic region, however, the impact on people varies dramatically depending on economic, cultural and social factors.

In most regions of the world, people face social exclusion as a result of multiple inequalities that limit their opportunities such as their age, social class, gender or ethnicity.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicates that extreme climate events will affect more countries and people in poverty, among whom women represent 70%. Women are not affected only by their economic situation, but they are also marginalized by social and cultural structures that limit their rights because of their gender.

These gender disparities exist in both developed and developing countries, and continue to exist because some government policies reproduce inequalities (e.g. access to education or health), economic restrictions (e.g. the gender wage gap), and social norms (e.g., restrictive gender roles, limits on participation in decision-making).

Why a Gender and Climate Change Action Plan? Is necessary to have document that guides the state policy on gender mainstreaming in the fight against climate change.
When did Peru committed to elaborate its  PAGCC? In December 2014, in the context of the completion of the Twentieth Conference of the Parties (COP 20) and the Tenth Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP-10).
What is its significance? It represents the country’s commitment undertaken in the Lima Program on Gender of the COP20/CMP10 to influence in the reduction of gender inequality in the context of climate change.
How does PACC-Peru will contribute to climate change policies? The Gender and Climate Change Action Plan (PACC-Peru), is an instrument of public policy that seeks to guide the activities of various entities of the Peruvian State so that within the framework of its powers related to mitigation and adaptation to climate change will contribute to equality between men and women in eight prioritized issues: Forests, Water, Energy, Food Safety, Solid Waste, Health, Education and Risk Management (transversal theme).
Peru´s Gender and Climate Change Action Plan Design Process (PAGCC-Peru)
  1. Elaboration of the country Context document on gender and climate change (may — july 2015) 
  2. Capacity Building Workshop on Gender and Climate Change  (August 17 and 18, 2015) 
  3. National Workshop for the Elaboration of the Gender and Climate Change Action Plan for Peru (PAGCC-PERÚ) (August 19, 20 and 21, 2015)
  4. Macro-regional Workshops for Plan Validation

-      Lima: September 11

-      Chiclayo: September18

-      Cusco: September 25

-      Tarapoto: October 2

5. Review and contribution session with specialists in the prioritized themes in the PAGCC-Peru

6. Public Consultation Process 

7. PAGCC-Peru Final Version