Loss and damage: taking stock and identifying areas for support

On 5-6 December 2022, a group of about two dozen experts, including scientists and practitioners, met in Copenhagen, to discuss priority areas for support regarding climate change-driven loss and damage.

5 December, 2022 08:00 - 6 December, 2022 17:00

Implicitly or explicitly, the notion of climate change-driven losses and damages has been present in intergovernmental climate change negotiations since they started about thirty years ago.  Scholarship on loss and damage is more recent, with research interest on the topic accelerating at around the time the Paris Agreement was adopted.

The objective of this workshop was to take stock of what we have learned about loss and damage thus far, with a view to identifying priority areas for support.

As part of the workshop, an attempt to synthesize existing knowledge on selected topics related to loss and damage was carried out. For each topic, a background document was prepared, and can be found below.

  1. Operationalising ‘adaptation limits’ in a policy context – Neil Adger (University of Exeter)
  2. Avoiding ‘hard’ limits to adaptation – Jon Barnett (The University of Melbourne)
  3.  Coming later – Carina Bachofen (Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre)
  4. Governance arrangements that are suitable for ‘losses’ – Lisa Vanhala (University College London)
  5. Actions to respond to climate change-driven ‘loss’ – Document available upon request – Daniel Puig (University of Bergen)
  6. What elements should be considered in a discussion about funding for ‘loss and damage’? – Charlene Watson (Overseas Development Institute)

A summary presenting the main workshop conclusions can be found here, identifying priority areas for action in loss and damage.

In the videos below five of the authors explain the main points of their background documents:

The videos are also available as a playlist here.