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.



Loss and Damage
Blog Post

First Impressions from Working on Loss and Damage in Bangladesh

by Anna Hasemann, Dhaka

I came to Bangladesh for the first time last year, curious to learn more about climate change impacts on the ground. Bangladesh was beyond anything that I had imagined: more colourful, louder, and unbelievably crowded. And also incredibly beautiful, full of lovely people, and visibly affected by climate change – all of which made for a fascinating mix and made me want to come back ... >> more
Cover Measuring what matters

Measuring What Matters?

A Suitability Analysis of Loss and Damage Databases for the Climate Change Convention Process

Disaster loss estimates are invaluable in gauging levels of resilience, vulnerability and exposure. Losses reveal more than damage by pointing at underlying conditions that make people and places vulnerable. Loss and damage databases are the gatekeepers to loss and damage data. These databases collect, consolidate, and manage loss data in a central repository that is quickly and easily accessible by the public. Not surprisingly, the number of national databases has significantly increased over the past decades reflecting the need and relevance of tracking disaster impacts. At present, there are 42 loss and damage databases at the national or regional level – 75 percent of which utilize the DesInventar data management approach. Although loss and damage databases are an assets to the climate change community, though, they require some modifications to enhance their utility. Seven actionable activities are proposed to build on the current structure of existing loss and damage databases. >> more
Cover Unpacking the Doha Decision

Loss and Damage: Unpacking the Doha Decision 3/CP.18

A detailed look at the Doha decision to address loss and damage associated with the adverse impact of climate change

The Doha UNFCCC conference in December 2012 yielded the Doha Gateway. The Doha decision on Loss and Damage and especially the commitment to institutionalize it at the next COP – for instance in the form of a mechanism – was applauded in particular by developing country delegations, climate and social justice movements and civil society. This paper aims to explain the loss and damage decision that was crafted in Doha and interpret its significance. >> more
Loss and Damage
Press Release

Formation of an Asia Pacific Forum on Loss and Damage announced... Incheon, Korea on 20th March 2013 at the conclusion of the third Asia Pacific Adaptation Forum.

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. >> more
Loss and Damage
Blog Post

Science confirms policy move on climate change related loss and damage

Key experts and scholars gather to discuss research agenda on limits to adaptation

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. Authors from the upcoming 5th assessment report of the IPCC, international scholars and experts grappled with the question of how to deal with the consequences of climate change impacts for human societies and natural systems. >> more
Deckblatt: Stakeholders´ Consultation Workshop - Report IV

Stakeholders´ Consultation Workshop | Report IV

South-South Cooperation for Addressing Loss and Damage

The fourth stakeholder consultation workshop on loss and damage was held on February 10th, 2013 at the Spectra Convention Center in Dhaka. The purpose of the workshop was to promote South-South collaboration on approaches to address loss and damage. The workshop featured five presentations on a range of issues related to loss and damage in the context of climate change in two main sessions followed by facilitated discussion... >> more
Article: OP-ED:Loss and Damage from Climate Change Must Not Become the "New Normal"

OP-ED: Loss and Damage from Climate Change Must Not Become the “New Normal”

By Sam Bickersteth

Extract from the article: "Just four or five years ago, the debate was sharply focused on how much we should cut greenhouse gas emissions to avoid dangerous climate change, and how society could adapt to modest climate change impacts. Now, the most vulnerable countries are discussing how they will cope when climate change causes unavoidable losses of crops and fisheries, infrastructure and homes – and human lives." >> more
Loss and Damage
Press Release
Cover Report No. 9
Report No. 9

Evidence from the Frontlines of Climate Change: Loss and Damage to Communities Despite Coping and Adaptation

New thinking and practical approaches are needed to address the threats to human security that climate change combined with social vulnerability pose for current and future patterns of loss and damage. >> more
Loss and Damage
Fact Sheet

Pioneering study shows evidence of loss & damage today from the front lines of climate change: Vulnerable communities beyond adaptation?

What is loss and damage? Why is loss and damage important now? What is particular about the report? What countries were surveyed and why? What is the key research question? ... >> 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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