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Work programme on loss and damage

Expert meeting on assessing the risk of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change

 

26-28 March 2012
Tokyo, Japan



Background
 

Parties requested the secretariat to organize, before its thirty-sixth session, an expert meeting to address issues related to assessing the risk of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change.

The expert meeting  took into account the following questions in accordance with the mandate:

1. What are the data and information requirements for assessing impacts and climate risk, at different levels and for a broad range of sectors and ecosystems? What data are available and where are the gaps? 

2. What methods and tools are available  for risk assessment, including their requirements, strengths and weaknesses, and can they address social and environmental impacts? 

3. What are the capacity needs for applying risk assessment methods on the ground, including for facilitating their application in developing countries? 

4. How can the results of risk assessments be optimally formulated in order to support decision-making? What are the desired methods for presenting the results of risk assessment exercises so that they drive decision-making? 

The meeting took into account inputs from relevant organizations and other stakeholders, and drew on expertise within and outside the Convention, with a view to generating an adequate knowledge base for the discussion on a range of approaches to address loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change, including impacts related to extreme weather events and slow onset events (thematic area 2).



Thematic areas of the work programme on loss and damage
 

Broad thematic areas to be considered in the implementation of the work programme on loss and damage associate with the adverse effects of climate change

I - Assessing the risk of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change and the current knowledge on the same

II - A range of approaches to address loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change, including impacts related to extreme weather events and slow onset events, taking into consideration experience at all levels

III - The role of the Convention in enhancing the implementation of approaches to address loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change

For additional information see the SBI 34 report (paragraphs 106-116) and decision adopted by the COP at its 17th session.



Information for participants
 

pdf-icon Agenda (195 kB) (final version)

pdf-icon Logistical information (346 kB)

Background paper - pdf-icon Executive summary (106 kB) - pdf-icon Full version (1551 kB)



Session 1 - Framing the discussion

Presenter and Organization Presentation
Mr. Nobuo Minura, Ibaraki University pdf-icon Relevant research initiatives from Japan on assessing the loss and damage  associated with the adverse impacts of climate change (1786 kB)
Mr. Andrew Maskrey, United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction pdf-icon Disaster risk reduction perspective of assessing the loss and damage  associated with the adverse impacts of climate change (2372 kB)
Ms. Joanne Linnerooth-Bayer, Munich Climate Insurance Initiative pdf-icon Loss and damage from weather variability: the role of risk sharing and transfer (3118 kB)
Mr. Paul Clements-Hunt, The Blended Capital Group pdf-icon Financial Risk Management Perspective on assessing the loss and damage  associated with the adverse impacts of climate change (441 kB)
Mr. Thinley Namgyel, Bhutan, on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) pdf-icon National adaptation plans process – where does loss and damage fit in (335 kB)

Session 2 - Data, information requirements for assessing impacts and climate risk

Presenter and Organization Presentation
Ms. Estefania Jimenez, Meteorological National Institute, Costa Rica pdf-icon Opening remarks (86 kB)
Mr. Yoshinori Oikawa, Japan Meteorological Agency, Japan pdf-icon Opening remarks (89 kB)
Mr. Stefan Roesner, National Meteorological Service, Deutscher Wetterdiens (DWD) pdf-icon Opening remarks (164 kB)
Mr. James Beedle, Willis Japan Insurance Broker K.K. pdf-icon Willis Research Network: developing new science supply chains through the modeled world (2543 kB)

Session 3 - Methods and tools for risk assessment: requirements, strenghts, weakness, can they address socio-environmental impacts?

Presenter and Organization Presentation
Ms. Swenja Surminski, London School of Economics and Political Science, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy pdf-icon Key findings from the background paper (281 kB)
Mr. Adthaporn Sinhawichai, Thailand Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Research and International Cooperation Bureau pdf-icon Flood management and risk assessment approaches, including in the context of the Natural Catastrophe Insurance Fund: Thailand 2011 Flood Experience (2400 kB)
Mr. Steve Wade, HR Wallingford, Water and Climate Change pdf-icon Summary of the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2012 & reflections on methods and tools for addressing social and environmental impacts (4546 kB)
Ms. Litea Biukoto, Secretariat of the Pacific Community

pdf-icon Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment and Financing Initiative: better Information for Smarter Investments (9859 kB)

Mr. Joseph Daniel Intsiful, Africa Adaptation Programme pdf-icon Current practice and lessons learned from the Africa Adaptation Programme (1197 kB)
Mr. Murray Simpson, University of Oxford pdf-icon Economic cost assessment in the context of sea level rise (1192 kB)
Mr. Jostacio M. Lapitan, World Health Organization pdf-icon Human health and climate change (1209 kB)

 
Relevant previous workshops and expert meetings

Workshop to identify challenges and gaps in the implementation of risk management approaches to the adverse effects of climate change

Workshop on integrating practices, tools and systems for climate risk assessment and management and DRR strategies into national policies and programmes.
Cuba, 10-12 March 2009

In-session workshop on risk management and risk reduction strategies.
Poland, COP 14

Workshop on climate related risks and extreme events under the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change

Workshop on insurance-related actions to address the specific needs and concerns of developing country Parties arising from the adverse effects of climate change and from the impact of the implementation of response measures

Workshop on insurance and risk assessment in the context of climate change and extreme weather events

 
Relevant UNFCCC resources

Work area on climate-related risks and extreme events under the Nairobi work programme

Technical paper. Mechanisms to manage financial risks from direct impacts of climate change in developing countries.

Technical paper. Integrating practices, tools and systems for climate risk assessment and management and strategies for DRR into national policies and programmes.

Technical paper. Physical and socio-economic trends in climate-related risks and extreme events, and their implications for sustainable development

 
Useful links

The Global Framework for Climate Services

Hyogo Framework for Action

Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility

Munich Climate Insurance Initiative
 

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