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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

 

27 - 29 August 2012
Bangkok, Thailand



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.



Agenda and Logistical information
 

pdf-icon Agenda (169 kB)

The meeting took place in the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).

United Nations Conference Centre
UNESCAP, Rajdamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Tel.: +66 (0) 2288 1976, Fax: +66 (0) 2288 3022
Web-site: http://www.unescap.org/uncc/

pdf-icon Information for participants (365 kB)



Information sheets on a range of approaches to address loss and damage provided by participants of the meeting 
 
Information on approaches contributed by Parties
A range of approaches to address loss and damage at the local/sub-national level

pdf-icon Combination of structural and non-structural(bioengineering) measures for reduction of risk from flooding/flash flooding (158 kB)

Georgia                                   
pdf-icon Plantation of windbreaks for prevention of land degradation and aridization of agricultural soils (80 kB) Georgia
pdf-icon Crop insurance (118 kB) Thailand
A range of approaches to address loss and damage at the national level
pdf-icon Assessing impact of climate change and quantifying loss and damages in the water and agriculture sectors of Nepal (129 kB) Nepal                                       
pdf-icon Realization of adaptation measures to climate change at the national level (46 kB)               Ukraine                                    
pdf-icon Central Agency’s study of the Economic of Climate Change for Malaysia: Water Resources Sector (226 kB) Malaysia

 

Information on approaches contributed by organizations
A range of approaches to address loss and damage associated with climate change impacts related to slow onset events
pdf-icon Range of approach for managing the risk of sea level rise at the sub-national level (173 kB) BRAC University, Bangladesh
pdf-icon Approach to address the potential risk of agricultural production and food security from future climate change (77 kB) Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS)
pdf-icon Research and monitoring of glaciers, rivers and lakes (86 kB) ZOI Environment Network
 A range of approaches to address loss and damage at the local-subnational level
pdf-icon Afat Vimo (Disaster Insurance) (133 kB) All India Disaster Mitigation Institure (AIDMI)
 A range of approaches to address loss and damage at the national level
pdf-icon Reducing loss and damage associated with weather and climate extremes through climate risk management initiatives (68 kB) Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

pdf-icon Mainstreaming scientific knowledge into the formulation and implementatoon of adaptqqation plans at national and sub-national scales (116 kB)

APN Secretariat
pdf-icon The Adapting to Climate Change in China Project (ACCC) (244 kB) DFID China
pdf-icon Development of Natural Disaster Risk Atlas (interactive web-based and hardcover Atlas) for Georgia (88 kB) Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN) 
pdf-icon Post-disaster damage and loss assessment (DaLA) and post-disaster needs assessment (PDNA) (93 kB)

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

pdf-icon Coping with the impact of climate change on agriculture and food and nutritional security (61 kB) FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
pdf-icon Approach by the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (141 kB) International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD)
pdf-icon Development of the Methodology for Glacial Lake Outburst Flood Risk Assessment (133 kB) International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
pdf-icon Glacial Lake Outburst Flood Risk Reduction of Tsho Rolpa Glacial Lake, Nepal (85 kB) International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
A range of approaches to address loss and damage at the regional and international levels
pdf-icon Reducing vulnerability to extreme floods and climate change in the Dniester river basin (124 kB) ZOI Environment Network
pdf-icon Assisting national planning bodies to understand and assess the expected impacts of climate change, the interactions with rapid development and the adaptation needs/scopes suited for the Mekong River Basin Mekong River Commission Secretariat (57 kB) Mekong River Commission Secretariat
pdf-icon Mangroves for the Future (MFF) Initative (130 kB) International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
pdf-icon Lessons from the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (143 kB) The Asia Pacific Adapation Network (APAN)

 pdf-icon Compilation document (717 kB)

Presentations from the expert meeting
Session 1 - Framing the discussion on loss and damage
Mr. Tomasz Chruszczow, Chair of the SBI pdf-icon Objectives and scope of the meeting (143 kB)
Mr. Bach Tan Sinh, IPCC

pdf-icon Climate change related risks that are most relevant to the region based on the SREX results (1836 kB)

Ms. Koko Warner, UNU pdf-icon Overview of a range of approaches to address loss and damage currently in practice in region: Key findings from the background paper (102 kB)
Session 2 - A range of approaches to address loss and damage associated with climate change impacts related to slow onset events
Mr. Saleemul Huq, ICCCAD pdf-icon Key issues relevant to impacts associated with slow onset events in the region (154 kB)
Breakout group discussion 1 to share experience and lessons learned associated with climate change impacts related to slow onset events, with a view to identifying regional priorities
 Group 1: Glacier retreat and its related impacts pdf-icon Report to plenary (58 kB)
 Group 2: Land degradation and desertification pdf-icon Report to plenary (59 kB)
 Group 3: Loss of biodiversity, including ocean acidification pdf-icon Report to plenary (121 kB)
 Group 4: Sea level rise and salinization pdf-icon Report to plenary (74 kB)
Session 4 - A range of approaches to address loss and damage at the national level
Mr. Charles Rogers, ADB pdf-icon  Economics for climate change adaptation: case for action (3788 kB)
Mr. Sanny Jegillos, UNDP  pdf-icon Key elements for consideration in adressing loss and damage from climate changet impacts for countries in the region (606 kB)
Breakout group discussion 2 - Sharing experiences at the national and subnational levels
 Group 1: Risk transfer, including insurance, risk retention  pdf-icon Report to plenary (51 kB)
 Group 2: Risk prevention/adaptation measures  pdf-icon Report to plenary (98 kB)
 Group 3: Institutional governance relevant to loss and damage  pdf-icon Report to plenary (56 kB)
Session 5 - A range of approache to address loss and damage at the regional and international levels
Mr. Olivier Mahul, World Bank pdf-icon Disaster risk financing solutions in addressing the loss and damage associated with climate change impacts for the region (3155 kB)
Mr. Anthony Green, Mekong River Commission, pdf-icon Good practices in approaches on transboundary river basin management in the context of climate change impacts: perspectives from Mekong River Commission (2683 kB)
Ms. Lesya Nikolayeva, Zoi Environmental Network pdf-icon Good practices in approaches on transboundary river basin management in the context of climate change  impacts: Perspectives from Zoi Environmental Network: (3228 kB)
Breakout group discussion 3 - Identifying priorities for the region in addressing loss and damage
Group 1 - addressing mainly experiences and priorities of Central Asia and Eastern Europe  pdf-icon Report to plenary (57 kB)
Group 2 - addressing mainly experiences and priorities of South Asia  pdf-icon Report to plenary (88 kB)
Group 3 - addressing mainly experiences and priorities of South East Asia  pdf-icon Report to plenary (57 kB)
Session 6 - Links and synergies between approaches and regional priorities
Mr. Roger Jones, Victoria University pdf-icon Relevant elements to address questions of the session (265 kB)  
Rapporteurs:
Mr. Sönke Kreft, Ms. Erin Roberts and Mr. Akhilesh Surjan
pdf-icon Summary of key discussion points (132 kB)   
Contextualization of key issues discussed according to the COP question, facilitators of the previous session:pdf-icon Session 3 (91 kB) (Ms. Koko Warner); pdf-icon Session 4 (94 kB) (Mr. Richard Merzian); pdf-icon Session 5 (46 kB) (Mr. Mozaharul Alam)
Session 7 - Available support and key messages
Ms. Marina Maiero                                                                                           WHO pdf-icon WHO perspectives (105 kB)
 

Relevant previous workshops and expert meetings
Expert meetings under Thematic area II of the work programme on loss and damage:
Expert meeting under Thematic area I of the work programme on loss and damage, Tokyo, 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