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Legal Recognition of Women’s Role in Combating Desertification in Africa: The Case for Uganda

  • Charlotte KabasekeEmail author
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Abstract

Environmental degradation is fast becoming a world wide problem as a result of desertification, especially in the face of climate change. The African continent is specifically susceptible to desertification because of its low adaptive capacity to climate change. Uganda is no exception. Women have been noted to be more affected in the face of desertification because of their socially constructed roles which require them to rely on natural resources. Because of their experience dealing with natural resources, women have acquired traditional knowledge on how to preserve these resources in the face of environmental changes. The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) recognises women’s role in combating desertification. Against this background, this paper seeks to examine the effect of desertification on women and the role women have played in combating the same. The paper also analyses the extent to which the law at international, regional levels recognises women’s role in combating desertification and to what extent these laws have been domesticated and implemented in Uganda.

Keywords

Desertification Women UNCCD Africa Uganda 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Environmental Law, School of LawResearch Institute of Environmental Law, Wuhan UniversityWuhanPeople’s Republic of China

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