Loss and Damage in Vulnerable Communities: COP18 Side Event


  • DATE / TIME:
    2012•11•26    13:15 - 14:45

    “Vulnerable Communities Beyond Adaptation?”

    A Presentation by the Loss and Damage in Vulnerable Communities Initiative

    For the world’s most vulnerable communities, loss and damage due to climate change is already a reality. A new report looks beyond adaptation and draws evidence of loss and damage from five case studies (in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Gambia, Kenya and Micronesia).

    The report, with findings based on nearly 1,800 household interviews and 200 focus group and expert discussions, will be launched at the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar. Participants will include:

    • Golam Rabbani, Research Fellow, Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS)
    • Norbu Wangdi, Department of Water Resources, Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment
    • Dr. Sidat Yaffa, Assistant Professor, School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, University of the Gambia
    • Simpson Abraham, National Coordinator, Federal States of Micronesia Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC)
    • Sven Harmeling, Team Leader, International Climate Policy, Germanwatch
    • Dr. Atiq Rahman, Director of Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS)  – moderator

    A policy report, press release, fact sheet (for media) and background information on loss and damage are available at www.lossanddamage.net, or visit the UNU booth in Doha!

    For more information, please contact Dr. Alice Fišer, Head of Communications at UNU Bonn (fiser@vie.unu.edu; 00974-66470593 (local cell phone in Doha)).


    The Loss and Damage in Vulnerable Countries Initiative was initiated by the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) in order to move forward the debate on loss and damage for the benefit of the least developed countries (LDCs) and other vulnerable countries. The GoB requested assistance from the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), which appointed a consortium of organizations — United Nations University Institute for Environmental and Human Security (UNU-EHS), Germanwatch, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) — to carry out this work.

  • Side event Room 8
    Qatar National Convention Centre
    Doha, Qatar