The second stakeholder consultation on loss and damage was held on 17 November 2012 at Spectra Convention Center in Dhaka. Mr. Mesbah ul Alam, Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forests was present the workshop as the Chief Guest, while Dr. Saleemul Huq, Executive Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) facilitated the workshop and moderated the sessions.
Five presentations on key themes related to loss and damage in the context of climate change were given during the course of the workshop, and each was followed by a detailed discussion. Attended by a fair representation of government, NGO, researchers, academics and specialists, workshop participants discussed a diverse range of issues related to loss and damage in the context of climate change. The ultimate aim of this workshop was to obtain feedback and comments on potential approaches and policy recommendations to address loss and damage in Bangladesh and other LDCs.
At COP16 in 2010 the Cancun Agreements established a work programme on loss and damage, which will culminate in a decision on next steps for addressing loss and damage under the Convention at COP18 to be held in Doha, Qatar in December 2012. To help LDCs develop an understanding of loss and damage, Bangladesh initiated a project, which is now being implemented by the International Centre for Climate Change and Development, Germanwatch, United Nations University and the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative. Several national institutions, including BRAC University, the Centre for Climate Justice Bangladesh, the Center for Participatory Research and Development (CPRD) and the Sustainable Networking Development Foundation are also involved in research on loss and damage in the national context of Bangladesh.