Climate Change and Environment

The unpredictability of today’s environmental and climatic changes is creating new vulnerabilities for people in both developed and developing countries. While scientists grapple with how to predict and counter biophysical changes, Cultural Practice, LLC generates new knowledge for donors and policymakers about the evolving strategies that households, communities and firms are using to cope with this variability. Men’s and women’s distinct roles and responsibilities mean they will experience and respond to climatic and environmental changes in different ways.

Our work focuses on understanding livelihood strategies based on ecotourism and other sustainable conservation-oriented enterprises as well as how different groups of people are adapting to climate change. Through our work, we aim to provides researchers, policymakers and donors case studies, toolkits and assessments of gender differences in order to support the design of sustainable and equitable policies and programs to respond to new global, regional and local imperatives.

Examples of Our Work

Integrating Gender into Research by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR): A Guide for Scientists and Program Administrators

Since 2011, CP has been providing support to CIFOR’s efforts to incorporate gender analysis more systematically into research. CP developed this guide to boost understanding of gender concepts among CIFOR scientists and continues to provide targeted technical assistance and training.

Gender Assessment of USAID/Mexico Environment Program with focus on Conservation International’s Usumacinta Watershed Program in Chiapas

In support of USAID/Mexico’s Environment Program efforts to build stronger linkages between environmental issues, economic growth, and gender equity, CP conducted a gender assessment of Conservation International’s (CI) Usumacinta Watershed Management Program in Chiapas as well as ecotourism activities conducted through this program. CP also delivered a gender mainstreaming workshop for CI and other USAID conservation partners from Mexico, and a workshop on on population and environment for CI field staff in Mexico, Philippines, Madagascar, and Cambodia.

USAID/East Africa Gender Assessment for Agriculture and Climate Change

CP conducted the first regional assessment that focused on the intersection of three key issues in East Africa: gender, agriculture, and climate change. The assessment included a desk study of gender issues related to agriculture and climate change, interviews with regional stakeholders in East Africa, and a regional workshop.