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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Perspectives on Non- Economic Loss and Damage

Understanding values at risk from climate change

Experience has shown that efforts to replace losses "only" via monetary compensation has not worked well. Instead, policy and practice on loss and damage must capture the opportunity for a more fundamental transformation. Any framework for loss and damage must aim not merely at compensating previous living conditions, but at improving them. >> more
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Blog Post

Different trains, same direction, same track?

Resilience on top of agenda for several political processes in 2015: Where does loss and damage come in?

2015 will be a busy year for the UN system. Several international processes are culminating, working on different aspects tackling natural disasters and improving resilience of people to climate and other kinds of risks. Extraordinary effort will have to be made to provide vision and coordination among these processes, otherwise political attention will be diluted, stakeholder engagement spread thin, and resources not prudently applied only in the run-up to these major policy milestones, but also in the actual implementation. >> more
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Executive Summary

Loss and Damage from the Local Perspective in the Context of a Slow Onset Process:

The Case of Sea Level Rise in Bangladesh

Sea level rise (SLR), a slow onset process and an impact of climate change, has two major causes: thermal expansion of the oceans, and the loss of landbased ice due to increased melting. A rise in the local, relative sea level ... >> more
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Loss & Damage Associated with Climate Change:

The Legal and Institutional Context in Bangladesh

There is now no serious scientific dispute about the cause and consequences of anthropogenic climate change. Mitigation and adaptation approaches have been agreed on under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process to deal... >> more
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Executive Summary

Local Perspective on Loss and Damage in the Context of Extreme Events:

Insights from Cyclone-affected Communities in Coastal Bangladesh

This paper investigates how loss and damage from extreme events is being experienced at the local level – in this case cyclones in the coastal region of Khulna – and what approaches are being used to address it. To better understand how... >> more
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Executive Summary

Establishing Links between Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in the Context of Loss and Damage

Policies and Approaches in Bangladesh

The overarching aim of this paper is to examine the challenges of addressing loss and damage through national institutional arrangements that integrate disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) in Bangladesh. As DRR and CCA share... >> more
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Assessing the Risk of Loss and Damage Associated with the Adverse Effects of Climate Change in Bangladesh

The issue of climate change-related loss and damage has received substantial international attention in recent years. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change established a work programme to enhance understanding of loss and damage at COP 16 in 2010. More recently... >> more
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Executive Summary

Assessing Microinsurance as a Tool to Address Loss and Damage in the National Context of Bangladesh

In climate vulnerable countries like Bangladesh, traditional mechanisms for coping with disasters, such as borrowing from relatives, selling property, using microcredit and savings are often inadequate. In the decades ahead, climate change will bring losses and damages that will challenge the coping ability of many low-income populations. Approaches to address these residual losses and damages... >> more
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Executive Summary

A Range of Approaches to Address Loss and Damage from Climate Change Impacts in Bangladesh

The objective of this report is to explore the range of approaches for addressing climate change induced loss and damage in Bangladesh. At this time, there is no universally agreed definition for the term “loss and damage”. To date, loss and damage has been discussed and debated within the global climate change negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). While the negotiations themselves >> more
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Community-Based Adaptation (CBA7) Conference in Dhaka

Last month’s Community-Based Adaptation (CBA7) conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh provided a great introduction to the myriad of issues, systems, and people at play in climate change adaptation research today. Having just arrived in Dhaka a few weeks prior >> 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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