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.
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
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
Loss and Damage
Blog Post

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
Case Study Pic: Ethiopia
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