Gender and Environment CC:eLearn course

Submitted by Ruth Butterfield | published 6th Oct 2022 | last updated 2nd Nov 2022

Climate Adaptation Training Annotation

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment: 6 hours
  • Learning product: online self paced course
  • Sector: gender, natural resources, agriculture, international waters, waste management
  • Language: English
  • Certificate available: from UN CC:eLearn

This course is hosted on UN CC:eLearn funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation - see the SDC Climate Change and Environment Network on weADAPT for more information. Please find the Gender and Environment CC:eLearn course, where you can download the syllabus and enrol for full access.

Woman harvesting tea in Sri Lanka

Woman harvesting tea in Sri Lanka. Credit: UN CC:eLearn.


Do you want to find out why promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment can help deliver better environmental outcomes, and to figure out how you can do it? 

The course will help you better understand the linkages between gender and the environment. It will provide you with the knowledge and tools to mainstream gender, and to be an effective change-maker for sustainable development. It will also give you facts and figures, and a better understanding of the global international frameworks related to gender and environment.

It is a “one-stop-shop” for information and illustrations on gender dimensions linked to biodiversity, climate change, land degradation, international waters, and chemicals and waste. All you need to know about gender and the environment!

*This article provides an overview of the course. The full course with all quizzes plus learning material can be accessed here through a free registration on the UNCC:e-Learn website

Institutional background and trainer

This self-paced free course has been developed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP), UNITAR/UN CC:Learn, with valuable contributions from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), UN Women, UNDP, UN Environment and the Secretariats of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements that the GEF serves, including the Convention on Biological Diversity, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, among others.

Who would find this useful?

  • Someone curious and interested to learn more about how efforts to address environmental degradation and promote gender equality can be mutually supportive.
  • A specialist working on biodiversity, climate change, land degradation, international waters, chemicals and waste.
  • A development practitioner working at the international, national or at the local level in environmental sectors.
  • A policy-maker or government official working on environmental policies and projects.

Training material

The course is structured around six introductory modules. Each module takes an average of 1 hour to complete:

  1. Gender and Environment
  2. Gender and Biodiversity
  3. Gender and Climate Change
  4. Gender and Land Degradat†ion
  5. Gender and International Waters
  6. Gender and Chemicals and Waste

Learning outcomes

  • What are the links between gender equality and environmental sustainability?
  • Which global environmental frameworks include gender?
  • How can gender-responsive policies and projects support environmental outcomes?
  • Discover what you can do to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in biodiversity, climate change, land degradation, international waters, chemicals and waste.