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UNFCCC request for input on "Approaches to address loss and damage" - literature review on information and case studies

2012-04-12
The COP requested the secretariat to conduct a literature review on information and case studies on a range of approaches to address loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change. To this end, we would like to invite contributions for inclusion in this work

The literature review was mandated by the COP at the Durban session (COP 17, 2011) under the work programme on loss and damage, in the context of the Cancun Adaptation Framework.   

The report of the literature review will serve as background input for the upcoming regional expert meetings, which will be held under the work programme on loss and damage. These meetings will take place in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and for the small islands developing States for all regions in Summer-Autumn 2012. 

UNFCCC would be very grateful if relevant information/case studies were grouped by region, level (subnational, national, regional), and sector, in addition to the types of approaches to address loss and damage associated with climate change impacts, including impacts related to extreme weather events and slow onset events. 

If your organization is interested in contributing to this work, please send your input by Friday, 27 April, to Ms. Miwa Kato, Impacts, Vulnerability and Risks subprogramme, Adaptation Programme <mkato@unfccc.int>.   

For your reference, please find below a brief overview of the work programme on loss and damage. 

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Background: Work programme on loss and damage 

The Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP) adopted the Cancun Adaptation Framework at COP 16 (2010) as part of the Cancun Agreements, in order to enhance action on adaptation, including through international cooperation and coherent consideration of matters related to adaptation under the Convention.  Under the Cancun Adaptation Framework, the COP established a work programme 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 (work programme on loss and damage). 

The work programme on loss and damage will consider the following three thematic areas through expert meetings and relevant knowledge products:

  • Thematic area 1: Assessing the risk of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change and the current knowledge on the same;
  • Thematic area 2: 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;
  • Thematic area 3:  The role of the Convention in enhancing the implementation of approaches to address loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change.


The COP requested the secretariat to conduct, in collaboration with relevant organizations and other stakeholders, and drawing on existing relevant work and documents, a literature review of existing information and case studies on the topics in the context of Thematic area 2. 

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