Like the elderly, as a more vulnerable population in emergencies, women are extra susceptible to the impacts of not taking environment into consideration in all the other sectors.  At the same time, women may be the most knowledgeable about natural resources such as water and firewood or may be the individuals who can speak to good agricultural practices.

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Towards Gender Mainstreaming in Environmental Policies (UNEP)

Report has policy and programme suggestions in order to include women and mainstream gender in development work related to natural resource management and biodiversity. Uses case studies at the end to demonstrate ideas. Audience is governments, NGOs, international agencies, business and academia. Development lessons may apply to humanitarian programmes.

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Gender and Energy for Sustainable Development: A Toolkit and
Resource Guide (UNDP 2004)

Toolkit includes gender-specific questions to ask when designing energy programmes and case studies. Development specific, but some takeaways for humanitarian programmes.



IASC Gender Handbook in Humanitarian Action: Women, Girls, Boys
and Men Different Needs—Equal Opportunities (IASC 2006)

Handbook includes a discussion on livelihoods that looks at fuel and energy, p. 83, and non-food items, p. 89.

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Generating Opportunities: Case Studies on Energy and Women (UNDP 2001)

Case study is development focus, but energy and fuel methods apply to humanitarian emergency: battery-operated lamps, biomass briquette and rural stoves to be used in different countries and contexts on behalf of women.



Fuel-Efficient Smokeless Stoves (UNDP)

Technical guide and project description for using fuel efficient stoves to reduce negative environmental impacts and assist women.

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Gender and Disaster Network

Broader network that looks at climate change, natural resource management and environment in relation to disaster risk reduction and gender. Helpful in understanding the particular environmental issues facing women.