Women and children living in poor communities are most adversely affected by climate change and natural disasters because of their social roles, vulnerability, discrimination and poverty. Limited mobility, lower resistance to disease and inadequate access to health care, the burden of household and agricultural work, substandard housing and infrastructure contribute to aggravating the multiple burdens of climate change.
In a bid to assess the impact of climate change, especially on communities living in ecologically fragile environments, CINI has initiated a programme intervention in the wetlands of the Sundarbans, in the Bay of Bengal. Parallel activities have been carried out in similarly vulnerable areas, in villages of South 24 Parganas and slums of Kolkata. Such pilot efforts aim to make poor communities aware of the impact of climate change on their health and nutrition status, as well has help them progressively adapt to changing environmental patterns.