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UNFCCC side event on Current knowledge, expertise and potential support to the work programme on loss and damage under the Cancun Adaptation Framework
 

Bonn, Germany
7 June 2011

The secretariat organized a side event at SBI 34, under the guidance of the Chair of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), in order to provide an opportunity to inform Parties on the state of current knowledge, expertise and potential for support from relevant organizations to address loss and damage associated with climate change impacts.



Background
 
The Conference of Parties (COP) in its decision pdf-icon 1/CP.16 established the Cancun Adaptation Framework with the objective of enhancing action on adaptation.  It further decided to establish a work programme in order to consider approaches to address loss and damage associated with climate change impacts in developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.

The COP, by the same decision, requested the SBI to agree on activities to be undertaken under the work programme and to make recommendations on loss and damage to the COP for its consideration at COP 18.

The COP invited Parties and relevant organizations to submit to the secretariat views and information on elements to be included in the work programme, including the following (decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 28):
  • ­Possible development of a climate risk insurance facility to address impacts associated with severe weather events;
  • Options for risk management and reduction, risk sharing and transfer mechanisms such as insurance, including options for micro-insurance, and resilience-building, including through economic diversification;
  • Approaches for addressing rehabilitation measures associated with slow onset events;
  • Engagement of stakeholders with relevant specialized expertise.


Overview of submissions
 
In response to the invitation by the COP, 22 Parties and 19 organizations (IGOs and NGOs) provided inputs, containing:
  • Valuable information and knowledge arising from the ongoing approaches to climate-related risk reduction and management;­
  • Technical views on alternative and innovative ways to transfer loss and damage from residual risks;
  • Concrete offers of support to the implementation of the work programme.
Following the request by the COP, the secretariat prepared a synthesis report based on the inputs provided by Parties and organization (decision 1/CP.16 paragraph 29).

The submissions confirmed that considerable activity already exists that needs to be taken into account in designing the new work programme.  The UNFCCC side event was organized under the guidance of the Chair of the SBI in order to provide an opportunity to inform Parties on the state of current knowledge, expertise and potential for support from relevant organizations to address loss and damage associated with climate change impacts.


pdf-icon Agenda (126 kB)
 
Presentations and Statements Further information
pdf-icon World Meteoreological Organization (150 kB) http://www.wmo.int
pdf-icon UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (1124 kB)

http://www.desinventar.net

http://www.preventionweb.net

pdf-icon Global insurance industry (1070 kB) http://www.climatewise.org.uk

http://www.genevaassociation.org

http://www.unepfi.org

http://www.climate-insurance.org
pdf-icon The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (202 kB) http://www.ccrif.org
pdf-icon UN Development Programme (182 kB) http://www.undp.org
pdf-icon International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (159 kB) http://www.iclei.org
pdf-icon World Bank (2006 kB)

Climate Change Knowledge Portal

Climate Investment Fund

Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

pdf-icon ActionAid (on behalf of CAN) (30 kB) http://www.actionaid.org

http://www.climatenetwork.org

pdf-icon International Labour Organization (60 kB) http://www.ilo.org
Relevant UNFCCC resources

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

pdf-icon Technical paper. Integrating practices, tools and systems for climate risk assessment and management and strategies for disaster risk reduction into national policies and programmes.

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

In-session Workshop on risk management and risk reduction strategies, including risk sharing and transfer mechanisms such as insurance.
Poznan, Poland, 4 December 2008

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