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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Executive Summary

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
Blog Post

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
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Public symposium: non-economic loss and damage from climate change

The 13th Bonn Dialogues panel discussion will discuss the role of non-economic loss and damage, its impacts on societies and current evidence. The public symposium takes place on Monday, 10 June 2013 at 6 p.m. at Deutsche Welle. Please register via - all welcome! >> more
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Science Perspectives on Loss and Damage: Society, Climate Change and Decision Making

Coverage of Side Event at the Bonn Climate Change Conference - 4 June 2013

This session, moderated by Koko Warner, UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), considered loss and damage related to climate change, with a focus on bringing together applications and solutions from different disciplines. >> more
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Fact Sheet

Pushing the limits

Pioneering study shows evidence of loss and damage in vulnerable communities

For the first time, these reports offer empirical evidence from the perspective of affected people in nine vulnerable countries. The research reveals how climatic stressors affect communities, what measures households take to prevent loss and damage, and what the consequences are when they are unable to adjust enough. >> more
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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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Blog Post

First Impressions from Working on Loss and Damage in Bangladesh

by Anna Hasemann, Dhaka

I came to Bangladesh for the first time last year, curious to learn more about climate change impacts on the ground. Bangladesh was beyond anything that I had imagined: more colourful, louder, and unbelievably crowded. And also incredibly beautiful, full of lovely people, and visibly affected by climate change – all of which made for a fascinating mix and made me want to come back ... >> 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

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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