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Workplan of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage

 

Strategic workstreams of the five-year rolling workplan of the Executive Committee, as contained in FCCC/SB/2016/3, Annex I

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(a) Slow onset events
(b) Non-economic losses

(c) Comprehensive risk management approaches (including assessment, reduction, transfer, retention), to address and build long term resilience of countries, vulnerable populations and communities to loss and damage, including in relation to extreme and slow onset events, inter alia, through:

    • Emergency preparedness, including early warning systems;

    • Measures to enhance recovery and rehabilitation and build back/forward better;

    • Social protection instruments including social safety nets; and

    • Transformational approaches

(d) Migration, displacement and human mobility, including the task force on displacement
(e) Placeholder for finance-related topics
(f) Placeholders for additional results from the initial two-year workplan
(g) Placeholder for emerging needs


Initial two-year workplan of the Executive Committee

Action area 1: Enhance the understanding of how loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change affect particularly vulnerable developing countries, segments of the population that are already vulnerable owing to geography, socioeconomic status, livelihoods, gender, age, indigenous or minority status or disability, and the ecosystems that they depend on, and of how the implementation of approaches to address loss and damage can benefit them

Activities
Indicative timeline
Expected results
(a)





 
Invite the Adaptation Committee, the LEG, and other relevant constituted bodies under the Convention to consider making efforts to reduce and avert losses and damages among particularly vulnerable developing countries, vulnerable populations and the ecosystems that they depend on, as these bodies undertake their work, and to share the outcomes with the Executive Committee
July-Dec 2015
Consideration of particularly vulnerable developing countries, vulnerable populations and the ecosystems that they depend on becomes a cross-cutting topic, and becomes integrated across the relevant work under the Convention
(b)








Develop recommendations for actions and next steps, including consideration throughout the implementation of this workplan of how loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change affects particularly vulnerable developing countries, vulnerable populations and the ecosystems that they depend on, and how approaches to address loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change can be designed and implemented to benefit these populations
Jan-June 2016
Recommendations for actions and next steps considered for the report of the Executive Committee to the COP

Consideration of particularly vulnerable developing countries, vulnerable populations and the ecosystems that they depend on becomes a cross-cutting topic, and becomes integrated across this workplan

Action area 2: Enhance the understanding of, and promote, comprehensive risk management approaches (assessment, reduction, transfer, retention), including social protection instruments and transformational approaches, in building long-term resilience of countries, vulnerable populations and communities

Activities
Indicative timeline
Expected results
(a)




Identify tools, technologies, good practices and lessons learned, including with respect to policies and data standards, instruments such as insurance and social protection, and transformational approaches, to facilitate comprehensive risk management
July-Dec 2015



Identification of good practices and lessons learned



(b)






Identify gaps and identify or develop methodologies to be used by national governments to enhance knowledge and understanding of comprehensive risk management approaches, including issues related to finance, data, technology, regulatory environments and capacity-building, which may feed into NAPs and other relevant processes, as appropriate July-Dec 2015 Identification and/or development of methodologies to enhance knowledge and understanding of comprehensive risk management approaches in order to inform planning and implementation
(c)


Engage United Nations agencies, multilateral financial institutions, bilateral channels and the private sector to identify how to enhance the implementation of comprehensive risk management approaches related to addressing loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change Jan-June 2016 Enhanced understanding of how comprehensive risk management can contribute to transformational approaches
(d)
Establish a technical expert panel or group, extending invitations to relevant bodies under the Convention and relevant United Nations organizations, the private sector, expert bodies and relevant initiatives that could provide technical support and guidance on comprehensive risk management and transformational approaches (which could include issues related to action areas 5 and 7 of this workplan) When appropriate Development and approval by the Executive Committee of terms of reference

Establishment of an expert panel or group to provide technical support and guidance
(e)
Identify follow-up actions, as appropriate When appropriate Identification of appropriate follow-up actions

Action area 3: Enhance data on and knowledge of the risks of slow onset events and their impacts, and identify ways forward on approaches to address slow onset events associated with the adverse effects of climate change with specific focus on potential impacts, within countries and regions

Activities
Indicative timeline
Expected results
(a)

Take stock of organizations that are working on slow onset events and the scope of their current efforts
Jan-June 2015 Mapping of organizations and their efforts carried out
(b)





Foster the establishment or strengthening of collaborative channels, building from existing efforts, to strengthen dialogue, coordination, coherence and synergies to enhance, share and manage knowledge and understanding of slow onset events and approaches to address them July-Dec
2015
Collaborative channels for collecting and sharing relevant information established or strengthened




(c)
Invite relevant organizations and experts to collaborate with the Executive Committee to facilitate access to information, including through collaborative channels or databases, and technologies to track the impacts, and enable approaches to address loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change, including slow onset events
When appropriate Collaboration on access to information enhanced
(d)
Assess and develop recommendations to improve the state of knowledge to understand, and capacity to address, slow onset events and their impacts, including the capacity of regional agencies
When appropriate State of knowledge and capacity assessed
Recommendations, taking into account regional dimensions, developed
(e)
Identify follow-up actions, as appropriate

Identification of follow-up actions

Action area 4: Enhance data on and knowledge of non-economic losses associated with the adverse effects of climate change and identify ways forward for reducing the risk of and addressing non-economic losses with specific focus on potential impacts within regions

Activities
Indicative timeline
Expected results
(a)




Raise awareness of the nature and extent of non-economic losses and of how to integrate measures to reduce the risk of non-economic losses in comprehensive approaches to addressing loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change
July-Dec 2015 Wider dissemination of information related to non-economic losses
(b)





Establish an expert group to develop inputs and recommendations to enhance data on and knowledge of reducing the risk of and addressing non-economic losses, including how to factor these into the planning and elaboration of measures to address loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change
July-Dec 2015

When  appropriate

Development and approval by the Executive Committee of the terms of reference for the expert group

Development of inputs and recommendation


Action area 5: Enhance the understanding of the capacity and coordination needs with regard to preparing for, responding to and building resilience against loss and damage associated with extreme and slow onset events, including through recovery and rehabilitation

Activities
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(a)











Invite relevant national disaster risk management and international humanitarian organizations and their partners, taking into account extreme and slow onset events and with a view toward comprehensive climate risk management:
i. To develop and conduct country-specific analyses of         climate risk and associated loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change in different sectors;
ii. To identify institutional requirements to prevent, minimize or otherwise manage loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change
Jan-June 2015
Information provided by relevant national disaster risk management and international humanitarian organizations and their partners is documented and disseminated








(b)







Invite relevant organizations at all levels to collaborate with the Executive Committee to assess, including through the use of existing relevant data and knowledge, the capacity of humanitarian and disaster risk management systems for:
i. Emergency preparedness and response;
ii. Taking anticipatory action to reduce risks;
iii. Explicitly increasing resilience during post climate-related disaster recovery, rebuilding and rehabilitation
Jan-June 2015 Assessment of the capacity of humanitarian and disaster risk management systems documented





(c)


Invite relevant institutions to collaborate with the Executive Committee to prepare a paper for activity 5(d) below, based on activities 5(a) and (b) above, including on methods for scenario analysis and stress testing, which can illustrate the potential challenges and requirements for preparedness and response, as well as resilience building
Jan-June 2016 Information made available to Parties and relevant Convention bodies and others, at events such as the World Humanitarian Summit, with a view to incorporating it, as appropriate, into NAPs and other relevant processes

Improved application of this knowledge in national planning processes, including supporting the development of improved analysis and planning frameworks
(d)
Consult with experts to review the paper mentioned in activity 5(c) above, consolidate experiences and lessons learned, and identify priority areas for increasing capacity and investment
Continuous

Review of results, consolidation of experiences and lessons learned, and identification of priority areas and recommendations

Action area 6: Enhance the understanding of and expertise on how the impacts of climate change are affecting patterns of migration, displacement and human mobility; and the application of such understanding and expertise

Activities
Indicative timeline
Expected results
(a)






Invite relevant organizations and experts to provide scientific information on projected migration and displacement based on projected climate and non-climate related impacts in vulnerable populations Jan-June 2015 Enhanced understanding, based on sound science, of migration and displacement, including of characteristics of vulnerable populations that may become mobile owing to factors related to climate change impacts

Enhanced understanding and collaboration

Synthesized information made available on the relevant information, lessons learned and good practices from the activities of organizations and experts
(b)



Invite United Nations organizations, expert bodies and relevant initiatives to collaborate with the Executive Committee to distil relevant information, lessons learned and good practices from their activities
Jan-June 2016
(c)
Identify follow-up actions, as appropriate July-Dec 2016 Identification of follow-up actions

Action area 7: Encourage comprehensive risk management by the diffusion of information related to financial instruments and tools that address the risks of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change to facilitate finance in loss and damage situations in accordance with the policies of each developing country and region, taking into account the necessary national efforts to establish enabling environments. These financial instruments and tools may include: comprehensive risk management capacity with risk pooling and transfer; catastrophe risk insurance; contingency finance; climate-themed bonds and their certification; catastrophe bonds; and financing approaches to making development climate resilient, among other innovative financial instruments and tools

Activities
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Expected results
(a)



Encourage public bilateral and multilateral institutions and funds and private investors to incorporate climate risk and resilience into development projects and into investment criteria and decisions Jan-June 2015 Improved understanding by public bilateral and multilateral institutions and funds, private financial institutions and developed and developing countries on the range of financial instruments and tools to enhance action and support, including finance, technology and capacity-building, to address loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change



















(b)



Encourage, promote and coordinate with research and development processes on financial instruments and tools that address the risks of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change Jan-June 2016
(c)


Invite the SCF, in its next biennial assessment and overview of climate finance flows, to include information on financial instruments that address the risks of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change Jan-June 2016
(d)
Invite Parties and relevant organizations to provide information on best practices, challenges and lessons learned from existing financial instruments at all levels that address the risk of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change July-Dec 2015
(e)
Facilitate diffusion of comprehensive information through a section of the UNFCCC website, reports of the Executive Committee to the COP, side event(s) and an invitation to the SCF to dedicate its 2016 Forum to financial instruments that address the risks of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change
Continuous
Action area 8: Complement, draw upon the work of and involve, as appropriate, existing bodies and expert groups under the Convention, as well as relevant organizations and expert bodies outside the Convention at all levels, as the Executive Committee executes the above-mentioned elements of the workplan

Activities
Indicative timeline
Expected results
(a)



Analyse relevant mandates and workplans such as those of the Adaptation Committee, the NWP, the CGE, the TEC, the LEG and the SCF with a view to identifying linkages and areas for dialogue, coordination, coherence and synergy July-Dec 2015 An analysis of mandates and workplans of relevant Convention bodies

Identification of entry points for dialogue, coordination, coherence and synergies
(b)



Identify and establish appropriate channels and modalities to foster relevant partnerships, dialogue, coordination, coherence and synergy with the public and private sectors at the international, regional and national levels July-Dec 2016 Relationships developed at multiple levels



(c)
Consider the establishment of expert groups, panels, etc., to execute the work of the Executive Committee, as appropriate Continuous
Development and approval by the Executive Committee of the terms of reference of expert groups

Expert groups, panels, etc., established as appropriate

Action area 9: Develop a five-year rolling workplan for consideration at COP 22 building on the results of this two-year workplan to continue guiding the implementation of the functions of the Warsaw International Mechanism


The full (printer-friendly) version of the 2-year workplan is available here (Annex II to the report of the Executive Committee).