The Loss and Damage Mechanism, agreed upon in Warsaw in 2013, is intended to address climate change impacts that cannot be cost reduced cost effectively or are “beyond adaptation.” There is considerable debate regarding how to formulate and shape this mechanism, which addresses key questions revolving around responsibility, climate justice and finance. The SYRR and EQU research groups contribute to informing this debate with research and interactions with researchers, negotiators and other key players. The aim of which is to:
the research groups focus on two lines of research: identifying ways forward for the debate around the concept of climate risk management, which involves identifying synergies with the disaster risk management regime; and studying the role of justice in terms of who bears responsibility for climate-related events due to anthropogenic activities.
To this end IIASA, together with Deltares and the London School of Economics and Political Science, co-organized an inaugural networking and book-writing meeting on November 17, 2015; participants comprised scientists working in a range of disciplines and institutions. The meeting saw the launch of a new Loss and Damage initiative, which is to entail broad, rigorous and evidence-based scientific work in support of the L&D mechanism.
The following foci and areas for collaborative work were identified:
The initiative aims to tackle these issues and questions over the coming years in order to provide actionable, research-based input for the Loss and Damage deliberations.
Related SYRR and EQU Publications
Mechler, R. & Deubelli, T. (2021). Finance for Loss and Damage: a comprehensive risk analytical approach. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 50, 185-196. 10.1016/j.cosust.2021.03.012.
Deubelli, T.M. & Mechler, R. (2021). Perspectives on transformational change in climate risk management and adaptation. Environmental Research Letters 16, e053002. 10.1088/1748-9326/abd42d.
Mechler, R., Bouwer, L., Schinko, T., Surminski, S., Linnerooth-Bayer, J. (eds) (2018). Loss and Damage from Climate Change. Concepts, Methods and Policy Options. Springer: Cham.
Schinko T & Mechler R (2017). Applying Recent Insights From Climate Risk Management to Operationalize the Loss and Damage Mechanism. Ecological Economics 136: 296-298. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2017.02.008.
Mechler R & Schinko T (2016). Identifying the policy space for climate loss and damage. Science 354 (6310), 290-292
Surminski S, Bouwer LM, & Linnerooth-Bayer J (2016). How insurance can support climate resilience. Nature Climate Change 6: 333-334
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