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From Knowledge to Practice: Mainstreaming Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in Nature-Based Solutions for Adaptation

In Ottawa and online

October 19, 2023


Nature-based solutions (NbS) designed to be responsive to intersectional gender differences present an opportunity to address climate change adaptation needs. Gender-responsive NbS can help to address underlying vulnerabilities to climate change, enabling populations who face socio-economic, cultural, and political barriers to build their adaptation capacity, realize their rights, and participate in adaptation decision-making while also building the resilience of local ecosystems that sustain their livelihoods.

On October 19, we joined forces with Aga Khan Foundation Canada to examine how to design and implement NbS that consider gender equality and social inclusion through presentations, a panel discussion, and a moderated Q&A, followed by interactive conversations both online and in person.

This event was followed by a meeting of the Nature-Based Solutions for Climate and Biodiversity Community of Practice, organized by Global Affairs Canada and the steering committee of the Community of Practice.

Read the summary of the Community of Practice session.


Session 1 | Achieving Gains for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion from NbS Implementation

9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

In this session, we shared successes, challenges, and lessons learned on integrating considerations for gender equality and social inclusion into nature-based climate solutions.

Presentations included:

Enhancing resilience while leaving no one behind, by Calais Caswell (IISD)





Session 2 | Nature-Based Solutions for Climate and Biodiversity Community of Practice

2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The second session featured a carousel of presentations by organizations leading NbS for adaptation projects, including under Canada’s Partnering for Climate program, and interactive discussions to exchange knowledge, ask questions, and support each other as a community of practice.

Presentations included:


Women in Action, by Marie-Eve Rheault (Fondation Paul Gérin-Lajoie)



This event is the third in a series that explores the multiple social and environmental dimensions of NbS for adaptation. View the recording and presentations from our previous events, From Knowledge to Practice: Advancing Biodiversity-Positive Nature-Based Climate Solutions and From Knowledge to Practice: Advancing Gender-Responsive Nature-Based Climate Solutions.