Volume No. 6 Issue No.: 3 Page No.: 534-544 Jan-Mar 2012

 

GENDER BASED ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS ON WATER RESOURCES : AN ANALYSIS OF THE WORKING PERSONNEL BEHAVIOR

 

C. Bokhoree*, R. Baldeo, D. D. Thomas and S. Ramprosand

School of Sustainable Development and Tourism, University of Technology, Mauritius La Tour Koenig (MAURITIUS)

 

Received on : September 15, 2011

 

ABSTRACT

 

Being one of the most significant environmental challenges, climate change has clear scientific, economic, social, cultural and political implications. Water being vital to life and needed in most human activities, any correlation between climate change and water resources is of primary concern and significance. Small islands developing states like mauritius have a high risk of vulnerable water resources being severely affected by climate change and adaptations programs may not yield effective results without a proper assessment of the level of commitment of the population. Its impacts do not affect men and women in the same way, thus the need for gender sensitive adaptation programs. However, the gender dimension has not really been addressed up to now in climate change policies. This paper aims to analyse the behaviour of the mauritian citizen, particularly the working personnel, with regards to their willingness to participate in applying water-related climate change adaptation measures. A survey-based approach was considered to collect primary data for a sample of 419 respondents. The results show that gender is in fact related to the willingness of the target population to apply water-related adaptation measures. The corresponding findings can provide insights for better policy implementation towards targeted measures island-wide.

 

Keywords : Climate change impacts, Water resources, Gender, Adaptation, Small islands developing states

 

 

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