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.



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
Cover Report No. 9
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
Loss and Damage
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
Cover Overview and Summary

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
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
Loss and Damage
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

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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