Linking Gender, Climate Change, Adaptive Capacity, and Forest-Based Communities in Canada


Reed, Maureen G., Alyssa Scott, David Natcher, and Mark Johnston. 2014. “Linking Gender, Climate Change, Adaptive Capacity, and Forest-Based Communities in Canada.” Canadian Journal of Forest Research 44 (9): 995–1004.

Authors: Maureen G Reed, Alyssa Scott, David Natcher, Mark Johnston


Analyses of climate change and the forest sector have identified the importance of individual actors, institutions, and organizations within communities for effective adaption and climate mitigation. Yet, there remains little recognition of how the internal dynamics of these institutions and organizations are influenced by gender and other social considerations such as age and culture. Research from developing countries and cognate resource sectors suggests that these considerations are critical for enhancing local adaptive capacity. Despite extensive review of forestry research across North America and western Europe, we found almost no research that addresses how differential social capabilities within forest-based communities affect adaptation to climate change. In this paper, we document the potential that gender sensitivity might provide to conceptions and practical applications of adaptive capacity and identify four types of research opportunities to address this gap: (i) developing disaggregated capitals frameworks; (ii) creating inclusive models; (iii) informing social planning; and (iv) understanding gender mainstreaming. Research focused on these opportunities, among others, will provide more robust theoretical understanding of adaptive capacity and strategic interventions necessary for effective adaptation.

Keywords: adaptive capacity, gender, forest-based communities, climate change, Canada

Topics: Environment, Climate Change, Extractive Industries, Gender, Gender Analysis, Gender Mainstreaming Regions: Americas, North America Countries: Canada

Year: 2014

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