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Work programme on loss and damage

Expert meeting 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

 

13-15 June 2012
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia



Background
 

Parties requested the secretariat to organize, before its thirty-sixth session, an expert meeting to address issues related to 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.

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

1. What is the full range of approaches and tools that can be used to address the risk of loss and damage, at all levels and for a broad range of sectors and ecosystems, considering both extreme weather events and slow onset events? Such approaches and tools include, inter alia, conventional, non-conventional and innovative instruments to address specific types of loss and damage in the context of this thematic area, especially those driven by the multiplying, magnifying and intensifying effects of climate change at the national, subnational and local levels. What is known about the relative cost-effectiveness of these tools? 

2. What are the foundational resource requirements (e.g. budget, infrastructure, and technical capacity for implementation) in order for different strategies and tools to be effectively applied? 

3. What are the lessons learned from existing efforts within both the public and private sectors, considering elements of design, limitations, challenges and best practices? 

4. What are the links and synergies between risk reduction and other instruments such as risk transfer? How can comprehensive risk management portfolios or toolkits be designed?  

5. How can risk management approaches be tailored to national contexts? How can 
Parties and other stakeholders evaluate which tools might be most appropriate for their particular risks and circumstances? 


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 associated with the adverse effects of climate change:

I - Assessing the risk of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change and 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.

pdf-icon Agenda (101 kB)

pdf-icon Logistical information for participants (275 kB)

pdf-icon Background notes (176 kB)

Session 1 - Framing the discussion on loss and damage from the African perspective
Presenter and Party/organization             Presentation
Ms. Balgis Osman Elasha, IPCC

pdf-icon Climate-related risks that are most relevant to the African context (2471 kB)

Mr. Tom Owiyo,
UNECA-ACPC 

pdf-icon Priority areas of concerns, sectors and systems, and types of loss and damage envisaged in the region (353 kB)
Ms. Koko Warner,
UNU
pdf-icon Overview of a range of approaches to address loss and damage currently in practice in Africa - Key findings from the literature review (990 kB)
Mr. Ladislaus Kyaruzi, Republic of Tanzania pdf-icon Significance of addressing loss and damage for Africa and important elements of the work programme on loss and damage for COP 18 (313 kB)
Session 2 - Approaches for risk reduction
Presenter and organization   Presentation

Mr. Gilbert Ouma,
University of Nairobi/
IGAD Climate Prediction
and Applications Centre

pdf-icon Early warning systems: a risk reduction strategy for local communities (606 kB)
Mr. Ron Cadribo,
UNISDR/Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor to the African Union Commission 
pdf-icon Flood risk reduction and management in Mozambique: national and sub-regional dimension (329 kB)  
Mr. Dula Shanko,
WMO 
pdf-icon WMO Statement for the UNFCCC expert meeting on a range of approaches to address loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change,including impacts related to extreme weather and slow onset events (236 kB)  
Session 3 - Approaches for risk retention and risk transfer
Presenter and organization  Presentation
Mr. Daniel Osgood,
International Research Institute
for Climate and Society,
Columbia University
pdf-icon An example of risk transfer measures at the micro level (385 kB)
Mr. Animesh Kumar,
WFP
pdf-icon Risk management and transfer: the Ethiopian experience (544 kB)  
Ms. Fatima Kassam,
Africa Risk Capacity
pdf-icon An example of risk transfer measures at the macro level (605 kB)
Session 4 - Approaches for addressing loss and damage associated with climate change impacts related to slow onset events
Presenter and organization       Presentation
Mr. Jonathan Davies,
IUCN
pdf-icon Managing loss and damage in African drylands (1102 kB)
Mr. Amadou Sall,                 
Centre de Suivi Ecologique           
pdf-icon Findings from vulnerability assessment for coastal erosion in Senegal (1067 kB)
Mr. Leuleseged Tadesse,
Desta, OSS
pdf-icon Perspective from a regional centre  (336 kB)
Session 5 - Links and synergies between approaches, and the roles of different stakeholders
Presenter and organization Presentation

Mr. Laban Ogallo,
IGAD-ICPAC                
                                                            

pdf-icon Regional perspective on post disaster loss assessments related to climate extremes in greater horn of Africa (1268 kB)
Contextualizing discussion points by rapporteurs of Days 1 and 2:
Mr. Amanuel Zenebe, University of Mekelle, Mr. Ernest Molua, University of Buea, Mr. Joseph Daron, University of Cape Town, Mr. Clavery Tungaraza, Sokoine University of Agriculture.
pdf-icon Session 1 (532 kB) , pdf-icon session 2 (74 kB) , pdf-icon session 3 (86 kB) , pdf-icon session 4 (51 kB)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Relevant previous workshops and expert meetings
Expert meeting on assessing the risk of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change.
Japan, 26-28 March 2012

Workshop to identify challenges and gaps in the implementation of risk management approaches to the adverse effects of climate change. Peru, 10-12 October 2011

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. Egypt, 18-20 June 2007

Workshop on insurance and risk assessment in the context of climate change and extreme weather events. 12-13 May 2003

 
Relevant UNFCCC resources

Cancun Adaptation Framework

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