Your location: Home > Adaptation > Workstreams > Loss and Damage

Overview of the technical work on loss and damage
 

The Cancun Agreements (COP16, 2010) contain key provisions for the implementation of climate change action, including the Cancun Adaptation Framework. The Framework became a basis for enhancing adaptation work under the UNFCCC by launching: a process for national adaptation plan, a work programme on loss and damage and the Adaptation Committee.

The work programme on loss and damage enabled a structured consideration of approaches to address loss and damage associated with climate change impacts in developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to climate change. Following the submissions on the elements to be included in the work programme, Parties structured the work around three thematic areas (see below), and the activities under these thematic areas were carried out during the course of 2012.

Taking into account the results of the knowledge generated and synthesized under the work programme, Parties, at COP18 (2012), recommended the establishment of institutional arrangements. The Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage and its Executive Committee were established at COP19 (2013).

The table below provides an overview of the technical work on loss and damage to date. For the chronology of the policy process related to loss and damage, click here.

Technical work undertaken in 2014
Development of the draft initial two-year workplan of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage 
  • Initial meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage (Part 1Part 2)
  • Inputs for the Executive Committee's draft initial two-year workplan for the implementation of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage
Technical work undertaken in 2013
Further activities carried out in response to the request by the COP at COP18 (Decision 3/CP.18, paragraph 10)
  • Expert meeting to consider future needs, including capacity needs associated with possible approaches to address slow onset events (Report of the meeting)
  • Technical paper on non-economic losses in the context of the work programme on loss and damage
  • Technical paper on gaps in existing institutional arrangements within and outside of the Convention to address loss and damage, including those related to slow onset events
Technical work undertaken in 2012
Thematic Area I :
Assessing the risk of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change and current knowledge on the same
  • Technical paper on current knowledge on relevant methodologies and data requirements as well as lessons learned and gaps identified at different levels
  • Expert meeting in the context of thematic area 1 (Report of the meeting)
Thematic Area 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 experiences at all levels
Thematic Area III:
The role of the Convention in enhancing implementation of approaches to address loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change




The Adaptation Exchange


Ready for some Climate Change News?

Visit the
NEWSROOM