The issue of climate change-related loss and damage has received substantial international attention in recent years. The United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change established a work programme to enhance understanding of loss and damage at COP 16 in 2010. More recently loss and damage emerged as one of the most important issues in the global climate change negotiations at COP 18 in Doha. At the national-level, however, there has been little consideration of how to respond to those climate change impacts that communities and households may not be able to adapt to. As a first step to developing a response, decision-makers in vulnerable developing countries will need to enhance their understanding of how loss and damage will impact people, resources and infrastructure.
This paper examines the issue of loss and damage assessment in the national context of Bangladesh to understand how relevant tools and methodologies as well as these assessments in general can be enhanced. In addition, the paper will provide lessons and recommendations that will benefit other developing countries that are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. To this end, this analysis explores how different assessment models and methodologies have or could be applied in Bangladesh and what challenges and opportunities emerge from this process.
M. Asaduzzaman*, A. K. Enamul Haque*, K. M. Nabiul Islam*, M. Qamar Munir*,
Stephen Roddick**, Erin Roberts** and Anna Hasemann**
* Sustainable Development Networking Foundation
** International Centre for Climate Change and Development