30 October 2019 - 01 November 2019
Lund University for Sustainability Studies, Lund, Sweden

Conference on Loss and Damage 2019

IIASA is a partner in this conference, which focuses on understanding, measuring and governing Loss and Damage for risks in social and ecological systems.

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© Jasper van der Meij | Unsplash

While the proliferation of new papers and initiatives relating to Loss and Damage (L&D) is promising, many challenges remain for the scientific and policy communities. These include how L&D from climate change should be conceptualized, how to measure and quantify existing L&D and predict future L&D, and what governance arrangements are most appropriate for different contexts. For example, which approaches to L&D from climate-related events can best account for both economic as well as non-economic impacts, where increasing evidence suggest the latter can be just as significant to individuals and communities ? How can climate science, ecological science and sustainability science perspectives be combined to advance L&D theory and practice? And how can L&D from climate events be meaningfully situated within the broader sustainable development agenda, including the SDGs, as highlighted in Article 8 of the Paris Agreement? Is there need for new research to support L&D policy, as new questions emerge that require attention?


Conference Program

Wednesday 30 October 2019

  1. Opening Keynote Session
  2. Characterizing L&D from a climate change perspective – what do we know?
  3. How does an ecological perspective contribute to L&D – what do we know?

Thursday 31 October 2019

  1. Connecting L&D to social and sustainability perspectives - what do we know?
  2. Defining loss and damage from gender perspectives and humanities - what do we know?
  3. L&D from a policy and litigation perspective - what do we know?
  4. Economy of L&D

Friday 1 November 2019

  1. Insurance and L&D
  2. Governance of L&D – how do we do it?

The conference is hosted by Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies in partnership with the Lund University Centre for Environmental and Climate ResearchOxford University, Met Office UK, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, International Centre for Climate Change and Development and Munich Re Foundation

RISK presentations at the L&D conference

Wednesday 30 October

  • Efforts to develop L&D research and practice?, Reinhard Mechler

Thursday 31 October

  • Finance for Loss & Damage: Towards a principled approach,Teresa M. Deubelli

Friday 1 November

  • Identifying the Risk and Policy Space for Loss and Damage: A Role for Transformational Risk Management?, Thomas Schinko
  • Climate risk analysis for dealing with critical risks beyond adaptation - Operationalizing the Loss and Damage options space for Bangladesh, Reinhard Mechler

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Reinhard Mechler

Research Group Leader

Systemic Risk and Resilience Research Group

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Thomas Schinko

Acting Research Group Leader

Equity and Justice Research Group

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Teresa Deubelli

Research Assistant

Systemic Risk and Resilience Research Group

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Mechler, R. , Bower, L, Schinko, T. , Surminski, S. & Linnerooth-Bayer, J., eds. (2018). Loss and Damage from Climate Change: Concepts, Principles and Policy Options. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-72026-5

Linnerooth-Bayer, J., Surminski, S., Bouwer, L., Noy, I., & Mechler, R. (2018). Insurance as a Response to Loss and Damage? In: Loss and Damage from Climate Change. Eds. Mechler, R. , Bouwer, L., Schinko, T. , Surminski, S. & Linnerooth-Bayer, J., pp. 483-512 Cham, Switzerland: Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-72025-810.1007/978-3-319-72026-5_21.

Mechler, R. , Calliari, E., Bouwer, L., Schinko, T. , Surminski, S., Linnerooth-Bayer, J., Aerts, J., Botzen, W., et al. (2018). Science for Loss and Damage. Findings and Propositions. In: Loss and Damage from Climate Change. Eds. Mechler, R. , Bouwer, L., Schinko, T. , Surminski, S. & Linnerooth-Bayer, J., pp. 3-37 Cham, Switzerland: Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-72025-810.1007/978-3-319-72026-5_1.

Mechler, R. & Schinko, T. (2017). Climate risk analysis for identifying the policy space for loss and damage. In: IIASA Institutional Evaluation 2017, 27 February-1 March 2017, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.

Conference Website

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: (+43 2236) 807 0 Fax:(+43 2236) 71 313