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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Overview and Summary of Party Submissions on the Role of the Convention

Advance Version

The document begins with a synthesis of the framing of loss and damage due to the adverse impacts of climate change articulated by the different Parties as well as the general views reflected in the submissions, followed by a section that details reflections of countries on the work programme (especially thematic area 2 – addressing loss and damage). Following from this, the document summarises the views on the role of the Convention and finally lays out more specific statements on concrete way forwards for a potential decision in Doha at COP 18 on the issue of loss and damage, including the establishment of an International mechanism as suggested by several groups of Parties. >> more
Loss and Damage in a Warmer World: Whither Gender Matters?

Loss and Damage in a Warmer World: Whither Gender Matters?

Gender perspectives on the Loss and Damage debate

While greenhouse gas emission has been continuing unabated, a deliberate delay in taking firm mitigation action till 2020 ensures that the vulnerable Least Developed Countries, Small Island Developing States and African Countries will have to deal with unavoidable residual impacts of climate change that will result in loss and damage to men and women. Since impacts of climate change give rise to differential implications for women – owing to societal norms, practices as well as gender-based different roles and responsibilities – they will be subject to loss and damage burden which are somewhat different than those likely to be faced by males. >> more
LD Paper Tackling Loss and Damage Verheyen 11.2012

Tackling Loss & Damage - A new role for the climate regime?

Advance version

This paper looks at an increasingly important item in climate negotiations, which is still blurry in content and origin and involves some difficult conceptual and legal questions. The purpose of this paper is to describe the concept and its origins, and to look at the direction the negotiations might take towards the next Conference of the Parties in Doha. >> more
LD Report 11.2012

Science Update: Loss and Damage - Climate Change Today and under Future Scenarios

A report prepared by Climate Analytics

IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report noted that climate has changed since pre-industrial times. The changes since the mid-20th century are ‘very likely’ due to human activities, in particular those that lead to greenhouse-gas emissions. Many regions and countries have characteristics that make them vulnerable to the effects of climate change, which include increasing land and ocean temperatures, sea level rise, and the increase in frequency and severity of several extreme weather events. Climate change inflicts loss and damage on these countries' economies, livelihoods, coastal infrastructure, ecosystems and food and water supplies. Increased loss and damage is projected with further increasing GHG emissions. >> more
Cover: Similar stories, different narrators

Similar stories, different narrators

Talk together: G20 UNFCCC process related to loss and damage

Natural catastrophes, many of which are directly or indirectly expedited by climate change, take a heavy toll on people and economies. In 2011 a record high in economic damage was reached, with an estimated loss of more than US$350 billion. The human toll is... >> more
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Blog Post

Loss and Damage in the political Berlin

A brief summary of events in the run-up to Doha 2012

Roughly two weeks before the COP, the political Berlin, Germany´s capital, had the opportunity to learn about the loss and damage experienced at the frontlines of climate change in vulnerable countries. Putting this in the context of the upcoming Doha COP allowed policymakers to better understand the concerns of those at risk from loss and damage associated with climate change impacts. >> more
Deckblatt: Stakeholders´ Coonsultation Workshop - Report III

Stakeholders´ Consultation Workshop | Report III

Loss and Damage Work Programme: Approaches and Policy Recommendations

The second stakeholder consultation on loss and damage was held on 17 November 2012 at Spectra Convention Center in Dhaka. 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... >> more
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Case Study


The costs of adaptation in Punakha, Bhutan: Loss and damage associated with changing monsoon patterns

In Punakha District, late onset of monsoon rains and lower total amounts of monsoon rain decrease the availability of water for paddy rice irrigation. Farmers try to adapt by changing water-sharing arrangements, intensifying irrigation channel maintenance, and by shifting from rice to lower-yielding, rain-fed crops. A small minority can afford to buy gasoline pumps. For 87% of the survey respondents (N=273), the measures are not enough and/or entail extra costs. In addition, some adaptation measures are reported to cause conflicts between households and villages. >> more
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Case Study


In December 2011, River Nzoia in Western Kenya broke its dykes and caused havoc in Budalangi Division. >> 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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