Briefing Paper

Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Building by Rural Women in the Niger Delta Communities: The Case of Delta State

Historically speaking, women have played key roles in the struggle for environmental justice and sustainable development in the Niger Delta region. As the most vulnerable group to the impacts of climate change, many rural women in the Niger Delta are learning new skills that will help them build their resilience and adaptive capacity to climate change impacts. There is urgent need to accelerate these local adaptation measures as most rural communities in the Niger Delta region rely heavily on agriculture for their survival. We strongly recommend an improved cooperation between researchers, community stakeholders, project managers, state and local government actors to work together to booster and share already existing mechanisms for empowering women and girls in this region to adapt to climate change impacts.