02 May 2018 - 03 May 2018
Bonn, Germany

Climate risk management: Facilitating the Dialogue on Loss and Damage

Climate Negotiations

Suva dialog © UNFCCC

Suva dialog © UNFCCC

With climate-related risks on the rise and impacts being felt around the globe, recognition has come that climate mitigation and adaptation may not be enough to manage the effects from anthropogenic climate change. This recognition led to the creation of the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage in 2013. Broad debate followed, and the Paris agreement in 2015 endorsed the mechanism.

In 2017 the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP 23) in Bonn decided to hold the Suva expert dialogue to further debate on Loss and Damage, in particular on finance. Country delegates, experts and representatives from relevant observer organizations will participate in the dialogue taking place in Bonn from 2–3 May 2018.

Building on research contributions to the debate and a forthcoming book, Reinhard Mechler will facilitate a roundtable on aspects of climate risk management.

Inputs gathered at the dialogue will inform a technical paper that will elaborate on finance needs and potential sources for averting, minimizing and addressing impacts and risks. The Suva dialogue is an important step towards identifying concrete policy options for the Loss and Damage deliberations.

Book: Science for Loss and Damage. Concepts, Methods and Policy Options [Mechler, R., Bouwer, L., Schinko, T., Surminski, S, Linnerooth-Bayer, J. eds, Springer forthcoming]

The book provides critical insight into the Loss and Damage discourse by highlighting state-of-the-art research and policy related to Loss and Damage. It articulates the multiple concepts, principles and methods relevant for the debate, including those that have only recently become available. This volume is the first comprehensive outcome of the Loss and Damage Network, a science-policy-practice partnership effort by scientists and practitioners from more than 20 institutions around the globe.

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Reinhard Mechler

Deputy Program Director

Risk and Resilience

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