ECCA 2019 Special Session on L&D

Our team is organising a special session during ECCA 2019. Session SP009 : Loss and Damage from climate change: science, practice and policy propositions for tackling adaptation limits will take place on May 28th 2019 in Room S5.

The session will present the state-of-the-art research on Loss & Damage (L&D) conducted across diverse disciplines, including attribution science, economics, and political science, as well as emerging policy options and responses from practice.

It is structured along three conceptually interrelated sections aiming at:

  • introducing key concepts, challenges and insights relevant to the L&D debate;
  • discussing critical issues shaping the policy debate; and
  • outlining policy options and other response mechanisms for L&D.

Presentations in the first block discuss linkages between the ‘Limits to adaptation’ and L&D concepts (Johanna Nalau, Griffith University) and the role of climate risk analysis for identifying a Risk and Policy Space for L&D (Reinhard Mechler, IIASA).

The second block highlights the relevance of attribution science for the L&D policy debate (Rachel James, University of Oxford) and current political stumbling blocks in L&D international negotiations (Elisa Calliari, Lisa Vanhala, University College London).

Finally, the third section outlines opportunities and limitations of emerging policy and practice options. These include financial tools as insurance (Swenja Surminski, London School of Economics) and bonds (Aparna Shrivastava, Mercy Corps), and the role of technology (Colin Mc Quistan, Practical Action).

Appropriate time is devoted to foster engagement with the audience, and discuss promising avenues for enhancing coherence not only within the same L&D debate, but also with the related policy agendas of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This session integrates and showcases ongoing research efforts under our European Research Council funded project Climate Change Loss and Damage (CCLAD) and the Loss&Damage Network initiative. CCLAD examines the politics of international negotiations and implementation of L&D policy and involves cross-national research on domestic L&D practices. The Loss and Damage Network brings together scientists and practitioners to inform the L&D debate with evidence-based research and policy propositions.

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