Carina Hirsch / Alison Marshall, Population & Sustainability Network / IPPF

The Population and Sustainability Alliance are a network of civil society organisations working on the linkages between sexual and reproductive health, population and climate change. They are advocating for decision makers to take into account the importance of the unmet need for family planning in climate adaptation. Alison explains that 95% of LDC’s NAPA’s said unsustainable population growth was a real challenge in adaptation but none included funding for family planning. She explains this barrier exists because governments don’t view sexual and reproductive health as a climate issue, however a recent project in Ethiopia showcases how effective integrating climate and health adaptation programs are. Finally, they hope that COP21 will result in a strong and just outcome which considers mitigation, adaptation and is gender responsive.