Input and Resources

Input and Resources

The Initiative fosters conceptual understanding and framing for the loss and damage debate and gives relevant policy guidance – from specific outputs on the UNFCCC work to broader efforts around the loss and damage agenda. The Initiative also features research on the legal aspects of loss and damage.
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Addressing climate loss and damage

Agreeing on a work programme for action

This paper aims to provide inspiration for how Parties may take forward loss and damage in developing countries under the UNFCCC. At the 38th Subsidiary Body for Implementation (June 2013), Parties are mandated to identify activities for the next phase of the loss and damage work programme that has been agreed by the Doha climate conference. >> more
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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
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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
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
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
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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
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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
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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