Loss and Damage in Vulnerable Countries Initiative

With locked in emissions, scientists warn of future impacts on society and nature that could exceed development thresholds of people and countries. The “Loss and Damage in Vulnerable Country Initiative” was set up to support Bangladesh and the Least Developed Countries in their voice to call for action of the international community.



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Loss and Damage under the UNFCCC: what relationship to the Hyogo Framework?

A report prepared by Climate Analytics

Responsibility for addressing the impacts of humaninduced climate change and the source of financial support for addressing these impacts are two critical and deeply political issues. In late 2012, the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)1 agreed to establish institutional arrangements, such as an international mechanism, to address loss and damage from the impacts of growing GHG concentrations. A decision on the form of these arrangements is expected in Warsaw, at the next Conference of the Parties in 2013. Discussions have also been initiated on whether the new 2015 agreement being negotiated under the UNFCCC should explicitly include an international mechanism to address loss and damage. >> more
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Report No. 11

Pushed to the limit: Evidence of climate change-related loss & damage when people face constraints and limits to adaptation

New empirical evidence from nine research sites presented in Volume 1 (Warner et al., 2012b) and Volume 2 (this publication) show that loss and damage occurs when there are barriers that impede planning and implementation of adaptation, and when physical and social limits to adaptation are reached or exceeded. >> more
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Case Studies

Loss and damage from climate change: Open Journal Articles

An open access special issue of the International Journal of Global Warming brings together, for the first time, empirical evidence of loss and damage from the perspective of affected people in nine vulnerable countries. The articles in this special issue show how climatic stressors affect communities, what measures households take to prevent loss and damage, and what the consequences are when they are unable to adjust sufficiently. >> more
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Case Studies

Loss and Damage in Vulnerable Communities Study

United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) coordinated nine case studies that documented losses and damages that vulnerable communities are already experiencing today. The studies looked at impacts of extreme weather events as well as slow-onset climatic changes. Four of the case studies were conducted in the Asia-Pacific Region. Key findings of these four cases in the Asia Pacific are summarized in the document. >> more
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Loss and Damage, Women and Men

Applying a gender approach to the emerging loss and damage agenda

An increasing number of studies show that, because of varying capacities due to gender inequalities, men and women are affected by, and respond to, climate change in different ways. Therefore, there is a need to improve the capacities of vulnerable groups and to take a gender-sensitive approach in activities that address climate change. >> more
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Managing loss and damage from slow onset events

Applicability of risk transfer tools including insurance

This paper aims to provide inspiration for how risk transfer tools such as insurance can facilitate approaches to address loss and damage associated with the impacts of climate change including slow-onset events. In particular it aims to show how insurance can be used in conjunction with a wide set of climate risk management tools to bolster societal resilience. The paper offers an overview of slow-onset climatic processes, provides a description on the current innovative tools and approaches to help reduce loss and damage associated with slow onset events provides case studies, and discussed some of the gaps and challenges related to implementation and enabling environment needed to manage climate risks in developing countries. >> more
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Perspectives on Non- Economic Loss and Damage

Understanding values at risk from climate change

Experience has shown that efforts to replace losses "only" via monetary compensation has not worked well. Instead, policy and practice on loss and damage must capture the opportunity for a more fundamental transformation. Any framework for loss and damage must aim not merely at compensating previous living conditions, but at improving them. >> more
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Blog Post

Different trains, same direction, same track?

Resilience on top of agenda for several political processes in 2015: Where does loss and damage come in?

2015 will be a busy year for the UN system. Several international processes are culminating, working on different aspects tackling natural disasters and improving resilience of people to climate and other kinds of risks. Extraordinary effort will have to be made to provide vision and coordination among these processes, otherwise political attention will be diluted, stakeholder engagement spread thin, and resources not prudently applied only in the run-up to these major policy milestones, but also in the actual implementation. >> more
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Executive Summary

Loss and Damage from the Local Perspective in the Context of a Slow Onset Process:

The Case of Sea Level Rise in Bangladesh

Sea level rise (SLR), a slow onset process and an impact of climate change, has two major causes: thermal expansion of the oceans, and the loss of landbased ice due to increased melting. A rise in the local, relative sea level ... >> more
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Executive Summary

Loss & Damage Associated with Climate Change:

The Legal and Institutional Context in Bangladesh

There is now no serious scientific dispute about the cause and consequences of anthropogenic climate change. Mitigation and adaptation approaches have been agreed on under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process to deal... >> more

Brochure: About the Initiative


The scientific conference “Perspectives on loss and damage: Society, Climate Change, and Decision Making” was hosted by United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany from 25 to 27 February 2013.
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