Expert Dialogue on technologies for averting, minimizing and addressing loss and damage in coastal zones
Date and time Monday 17 June 2019, 09:00-15:00
Venue Room Tokyo 1-2 (TBC), WCCB in Bonn, Germany 

Coastal zones are sensitive to climate change risks. Coastal areas face a range of challenges such as inundation and erosion of coastlines, salinization of freshwater reserves, damage and loss of physical infrastructure and degradation of marine ecosystem as well as non-economic losses to coastal communities and ecosystems.

Impacts of such risks are unevenly distributed within and across different communities, countries and regions due to climate-related disruptions, exposure and vulnerability. Some climate change risks may be unforeseeable at the time of planning, foreseen but retained due to resource constraints or socioeconomic impact tradeoffs, or foreseen but unavoidable because response actions are unfeasible. Despite these challenges, the accessibility and availability of appropriate and adequate technologies (i.e. hardware, software, and orgware) may be able to avert, minimize, and address some of these risks in coastal areas.

This event will be co-organized by the UNFCCC Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with the adverse impacts of climate change (WIM Excom) and the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) in conjunction with the Bonn Climate Change Conference in June 2019.

Indicative Agenda
Time  Agenda Item
09:00-10:00

Session 1: Setting the scene: Climate change impacts on coastal zones

  • Perspective from loss and damage – WIM Excom Co-Chair (5 min)
  • Perspective from the work of the TEC – TEC Chair (5 min)
  • Scientific perspective – (IPCC tbc) (10 min)
  • The introductory section of the joint policy brief (lead drafter/s) 10 min) - Q & A (30 min)
10:00-11:00

Session 2: Technologies for coastal zone risk assessments

  • Overview presentation of available technologies, case studies, opportunities and challenges, knowledge, and public policy gaps, followed by interactive discussions  
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:15

Session 3: Technologies for coastal zone risk retention

Overview presentation of available technologies, case studies, opportunities and challenges, knowledge, and public policy gaps, followed by interactive discussions  

12:15-13:15 Break
13:15-14:15

Session 4: Technologies for recovery and rehabilitation in coastal zones

Overview presentation of available technologies, case studies, opportunities and challenges, knowledge, and public policy gaps, followed by interactive discussions  

14:15-14:45 Session 5: Discussion on potential further actions by various stakeholders 
14:45-15:00 Wrap up and closing

 

Participants
  • Contributors to the development of a WIM-TEC joint policy brief on comprehensive risk management in coastal zones 
  • Representatives of the WIM Excom and the TEC
  • Other relevant experts and practitioners
Background

To enhance the coherence of the efforts by the WIM Excom and the TEC, the WIM Excom invited the TEC to discuss specific actions for collaboration, including the development of a joint policy brief on the area of technologies for coastal zones.

The two committees have since prepared and adopted a concept note for the joint policy brief as well as indicative milestones for the collaboration. The organization of an expert dialogue is one of the milestones that is planned to be held in spring 2019.

This expert dialogue will convene leading experts, practitioners and policymakers to discuss and share information on technologies for coastal zone risk assessment (observe and assess), risk retention (manage and accommodate), and recovery and rehabilitation, including case studies from different geophysical environmental settings. The results of this dialogue will facilitate and feed into the development of a joint policy brief on technologies for averting, minimizing and addressing loss and damage, including recovery and rehabilitation in coastal zones.

Objectives of the event
  • Facilitating the development of the joint policy brief on technologies for averting, minimizing and addressing loss and damage in coastal zones;
  • Enhancing the understanding of available technologies in the context of comprehensive risk management for coastal zones;
  • Identifying available technologies, including local and indigenous technologies, that can be used for averting, minimizing and addressing loss and damage in coastal zones, and share information on good practices, opportunities, challenges and lessons learned in implementing these technologies;
Discussions on the above-mentioned issues are envisioned to help:
  • Catalyze actions to understand and bridge knowledge and relevant public policy gaps;
  • Identify further actions by various stakeholders to avert, minimize and address loss and damage in coastal zones.