Loss and damage from climate change has emerged as a new area of interest that overlaps to some extent with adaptation. At the 18th Conference of Parties (COP18) in Doha, Qatar in December 2012 Parties decided to establish institutional arrangements to address loss and damage in developing countries. However, in order to benefit from institutional arrangements at the international level, institutions must be established at the local, national and regional levels as well as at the international level. Moreover, loss and damage is not an issue unique to developing countries.
The Asia Pacific region is vulnerable to a range of climate change impacts, from those eminating from extreme events to those resulting from slow onset processes. Asia has been referred to as a hot spot for extreme events – with cyclones and other events now occurring with alarming regularity. The Pacific is also vulnerable to extreme events, but is poised to suffer most from slow onset processes like sea level rise and ocean acidification.
A number of organisations working on different aspects of loss and damage met together on the margins of the Third Asia Pacific Adaptation Forum being held in Incheon, Korea from 18th to 20th March 2013, decided to form the Asia Pacific Forum on Loss and Damage (APFLAD).
The objectives of the forum are:
1. To share information on loss and damage within the Asia Pacific region.
2. To support and facilitate further research on different aspects of loss and damage
3. To support and facilitate convening of meetings, workshops, conferences and training courses on loss and damage.
Members of the forum:
A number of organisations have already expressed willingness to be members or partners of the forum. These include: Action Aid, Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA), Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) and Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN).
Proposed activities for the next 12 months:
1. Set up a website for sharing information, documents and reports on loss and damage
2. Convene/support a regional conference on loss and damage
3. Facilitate research community in conducting regional research and capacity building activities on loss and damage
4. Prepare inputs to COP19 in December 2013
Joining the forum:
Membership of the forum is open to any organisations that wish to join and share the aims and objectives of the forum. The forum is a platform for sharing knowledge and experience and not an advocacy group.
International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD)
Independent University, Bangladesh
Erin Roberts - firstname.lastname@example.org