Loss and damage
Many countries are already experiencing climate-related loss and damage, from the devastation caused by floods and wildfires, to migratory pressures resulting from slow onset events like sea level rise.
Vulnerable counties least responsible for causing climate change have long called for finance and other support in dealing with these impacts. These demands were formally recognised in 2022 under the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement, with the establishment of a loss and damage fund.
Our work in this area focuses on:
- addressing information gaps in areas such as extreme weather events, slow onset events, and economic and non-economic losses
- thought leadership, research and analysis on approaches to address loss and damage
- support integrating loss and damage considerations into national planning
- developing regional-specific approaches for assessing and reporting on loss and damage
- supporting work to design and implement the loss and damage fund and funding arrangements
When climate impacts hit, there are those who don’t, or can’t, leave. The Immobility in a changing climate (ITHACA) project looks at the choices and constraints that lead to people’s immobility in the face of climate change, and what ramifications that has for their lives.
The EmBARK project investigates possible trajectories of socio-economic transformation processes and analyse their relevance as potential barriers to adaptation to climate change.
The Climate Risk Adaptation and Insurance in the Caribbean (CRAIC) project, led by Munich Climate Insurance Initiative, assists Caribbean countries in their efforts to increase social resilience and adapt to climate change by incorporating climate risk insurance within a broader framework of disaster risk reduction strategies.
This project is working to develop the science around what the climate impacts of temporarily overshooting 1.5°C would mean for our climate.
The Horizon Europe funded project, Down2Earth, looks at future risks from water scarcity and food insecurity in vulnerable countries in the Horn of Africa Drylands and supports community-centered climate adaptation and resilience.
From 2012 to 2014 we authored a series of reports for the World Bank looking at the impacts of climate change in a 4°C world with an emphasis on the impacts for the most vulnerable.
The Climate Vulnerability Monitor, funded by the UN and spearheaded by the Climate Vulnerability Forum, aims to develop a global report and tool exploring climate change impacts, with a particular focus on the world’s most vulnerable countries. Climate Analytics leads the science consortium for this project
The HLSM High-Level Support Mechanism for LDC and SIDS on Climate Change project creates a support mechanism for high-level political representatives and their advisors from LDCs and SIDS that is demand-driven, responsive to ongoing needs and firmly rooted in the respective regions.
Safeguards and exit points for the World Bank as host of the Loss and Damage Fund
An agreement was reached to establish the World Bank as the interim host of the Loss and Damage Fund. Developing countries signed up to this on certain conditions. We unpack the safeguards put in place and look at the three points at which the Fund could exit the World Bank.
Loss and damage: two options in play for fund’s makeup
There are currently two options on the table for the loss and damage fund’s structure – ‘programmatic’ and ‘responsive’. We reflect on the pros and cons of each.
Four things to know from the first workshop on the loss and damage fund
The Transitional Committee held its first workshop on how to set up the new loss and damage fund — here’s our take on the key funding gaps and solutions that emerged at the meeting.
2023 will shape the Loss and Damage fund for years to come – have your say now
Flooding in Pakistan: where vulnerability meets climate change, devastation can follow
In the wake of the massive flooding in Pakistan, Fahad Saeed and Manjeet Dhakal explain how socioeconomic factors intersect with climate impacts in South Asia, compounding their effects on people and the environment. Based on the latest evidence from the IPCC, they break down what risks could emerge in the coming decades if warming is not limited to the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C threshold.
Pakistan's floods must be a wake up call on climate action ahead of Sharm El-Sheikh
What does the IPCC say on losses and damages?
Non-economic loss and damage: insights from the Pacific Islands
In this guest comment, the authors of a new study on the non-economic dimensions of loss resulting from climate change in the Pacific tell us about their findings — and how vulnerable communities are responding to these losses.