|The Gender Policy and Action Plan of the Adaptation Fund adopted in 2016 aims at mainstreaming equal access to all Fund projects and programmes among women and men, while building their resilience and capability to adapt to climate change impacts. The Gender Policy ensures that equal rights, responsibilities, and opportunities for women and men, equal consideration of their respective interests, vulnerabilities, needs and priorities are considered during the project cycle. It also promotes women’s leadership roles in the decisionmaking process in planning how to adapt to climate change. The Gender Policy complements and mainstreams the gender principles contained in the Fund’s previously adopted Environmental and Social Policy (ESP). They are mutually reinforcing and strengthen the Fund’s overall approach to managing environmental and social risks.