Geography faculty member organizes a panel at Durban Climate Change Conference

Friday, December 2, 2011 - 9:12am

Department faculty member Petra Tschakert organized a side event on "Gender, Justice and Social Learning: Exploring Theory and Practice in Adaptation" at the Durban Climate Change Conference held November 28 through December 9, 2011. 

Tschakert explored the framings, limitations and traps of climate change adaptation at the intersection of poverty, gender, justice, and social learning. She said in the overall understanding of adaptation ”we should never lose sight of the people caught in the center of our decision making.”

Participants discussed the challenges facing marginalized communities threatened by changing weather patterns, such as: lack of technical expertise; population growth and migration patterns; community consumption levels; and the unsustainable use of child labor to buffer against natural disasters.

The United Nations Climate Change Conference, Durban 2011, brings together representatives of the world's governments, international organizations and civil society. The discussions will seek to advance, in a balanced fashion, the implementation of the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol, as well as the Bali Action Plan, agreed at COP 13 in 2007, and the Cancun Agreements, reached at COP 16 last December.