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Impact of climate change- shift from gender to survival

November 27, 2017
Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, Uttarakhand, India
The major impact of climate change that mountain rural communities face is, reduced availability and accessibility of natural resources. As these communities are dependent on agriculture and livestock production the natural resources available in their vicinity play an important role in their day to day life. However, due to climate change the type, of the resources has changed and quality and quantity has reduced. To compensate this, local people have to walk larger distances to avail the resources such as freshwater, fuelwood and fodder, and have to manage with the limited quantity they can carry. This not only affecting their health but also affecting their social life. People have to compromise with the education and health of their children to get the crucial resources. Earlier it used to be a gender issue in mountains as only women bring the resources, although now men also have to join in the battle to meet the daily requirements of the household.