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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The Gambia

Droughts and changing rainfall patterns in the North Bank Region frequently cause crop failures and food insecurity. >> more
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In Sathkira District, 98% of the survey respondents (N=360) experienced adverse effects of salinity intrusion caused by sea level rise and inundations after cyclones. >> more
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On the island of Kosrae, 68% of the surveyed households (N=363) experienced adverse effects of coastal erosion caused by sea level rise and storm surges. >> more
Loss and Damage
Blog Post

Loss and damage – what lessons learned from Sandy?

by Linda Siegele, London

"... Little did we know as we looked out at the storm ravaged beach in Barbados that, Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record was just around the corner. In looking back at outcomes and lessons learned from the regional expert meetings on loss and damage, the recent impacts of Hurricane (♯Frankenstorm) Sandy provide us with a palpable manifestation of issues covered by the regional meetings. ..." >> more
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Loss and damage from the adverse effects of climate change – the perfect storm

by Linda Siegele, London

"...The stated aim of the regional expert meetings was to explore a range of approaches to address loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change, including impacts related to extreme weather events and slow onset events. The regional flavour of these meetings allowed participants to drill down into the specific characteristics of climate change impacts in the unique socio-economic contexts of each of the regions. ..." >> more
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Case Study

Ethiopia: Coping with floods erodes social capital

Increased frequency and severity of flooding in Ethiopia is affecting the livelihoods of small-scale agropastoralists who rely on the land for subsistence. >> more
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Burkina Faso: Loss of pastoral livelihood

Extreme droughts in the Sahel region of Burkina Faso are severely disrupting the lives of local people who depend on the land for livestock keeping and crop cultivation. >> more
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Loss and Damage: From Defining to Understanding to Action

by Kashmala Kakakhel, CDKN Project Manager

"... It is widely accepted that existing mitigation commitments and actions will not prevent dangerous climate change related impacts. Therefore, residual loss and damage, the climate change impacts that we are unable to prevent through mitigation and adaptation efforts, will likely be the defining part of the future response to climate change. ..." >> more
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Loss & Damage: The theme of slow onset impact

This policy briefing sets out a number of the issues relating to the slow onset portion of the climate change loss and damage agenda. It is not meant to be an exhaustive analysis of this new and sometimes complex subject. Instead, it should serve to introduce... >> 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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