Gender mainstreaming in energy and climate change adaptation programmes

Friday 27 May 2011, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji


 A training of trainers on gender mainstreaming in projects and programmes concerned with adaptation and climate change was convened in SPC’s Suva Office, Fiji from 16–18 May 2011.

Organised by the Energy Programme of SPC’s Economic Development Division (EDD), the main objective was to develop and strengthen the capacity of energy and climate change practitioners to integrate a gender perspective into their policies, action plans and implementation plans, including project implementation.  


The training was attended by 13 participants, four men and nine women, whose work relates to climate change and energy.  Representatives of community-based organisations were very interested in the relationship between gender and climate change.


The workshop was part of a project entitled ‘Gender in Adaptation and Low Carbon Development’, which is funded by the International Climate Initiative through the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. The project is currently implemented by the SPC EDD Energy Programme in close collaboration with Gender CC — Women for Climate Justice, the global network of women and gender activists and experts working for gender and climate justice.


Participants were provided with the opportunity to learn about the gender mainstreaming approach and apply their learning by reviewing national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs) and the Implementation Plan of the Framework for Action on Energy Security in the Pacific (FAESP). The training also highlighted the eight steps on gender mainstreaming in renewable energy projects. It was highlighted that gender analysis should be integrated into project feasibility studies to ensure that gender dimensions are incorporated into energy and climate change adaptation projects and programmes.


‘SPC is committed to promoting gender mainstreaming across all its work.  The Framework for Action on Energy Security in the Pacific includes gender equity as one of its guiding principles,’ said John Hogan, EDD Director, when he opened the workshop.   


Participants found the training useful and the tools practical, and they committed themselves to applying them to projects in their home countries.


Solomone Fifita, the Deputy Director-EDD Energy at SPC, in his closing remarks, acknowledged the expertise of the trainers — Ana Laqeretabua, a gender consultant; and Brigitte Leduc, Gender Specialist, Human Development Programme, SPC — and encouraged the participants to share the knowledge they had gained. He stated that the Energy Programme would incorporate their improved understanding of the gender perspective into planning and development processes at both regional and national levels.


For more information, please contact:Ms Koin Etuati, Energy Programme, Economic Development Division,
SPC Suva Regional Office, Fiji. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it