28 September 2018
London School of Economics, Tower 2, 9th Floor

Climate risks beyond adaptation?

Book launch “Loss and Damage from Climate Change. Concepts, Methods and Policy Options”.

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The LSE Grantham Research Institute and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in collaboration with the Loss and Damage Network, will host a book launch and panel discussion about Loss and Damage from climate change. It will take place on Friday, September 28th from 9:30-11:00 at the London School of Economics, Tower 2, 9th Floor. Reinhard Mechler, book editor and Deputy Director of the Risk and Resilience Program at IIASA will give an introduction and overview.


  1. Welcome: Swenja Surminski, Grantham Research Institute
  2. Introduction and overview: Reinhard Mechler, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
  3. Insights from chapter authors:
    • Elisa Calliari, CMCC/University College London
    • Colin Mc Quistan, Practical Action
    • Zinta Zommers, Mercy Corps

Discussion with the audience

2018 has been marked by a number of particularly severe climate-related extreme events across the globe, well in line with IPCC findings showing that the frequency, intensity and severity of climate-related hazards are being adversely shaped by anthropogenic climate change. Increasingly, evidence is emerging that risks linked to those hazards have the potential to significantly affect lives and erode livelihoods across the globe, as well as push vulnerable people, communities and countries to their physical and socio-economic adaptation limits. Is climate change thus leading to instances ‘beyond adaptation’? The UNFCCC’s Loss and Damage policy discourse has given voice to these concerns over the last 3 decades, yet concepts, methods and tools as well as directions for policy and implementation have remained contested and vague.

This new book provides authoritative insight by highlighting state-of-the-art research and policy debate linked to the Loss and Damage discourse and by articulating its multiple concepts, principles and methods. Written by leading researchers and practitioners, it identifies practical and evidence-based policy and implementation options to inform the discourse and climate negotiations.

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Reinhard Mechler

Deputy Program Director

Risk and Resilience

T +43(0) 2236 807 313


Huggel C, Muccione V, Carey M, James R, Jurt C, & Mechler R (2018). Loss and Damage in the mountain cryosphere. Regional Environmental Change DOI:10.1007/s10113-018-1385-8. (In Press)

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.

Mechler R (2017). Climate policy: Transparency for Loss and Damage. Nature Climate Change 7 (10): 687-688. DOI:10.1038/nclimate3401.

Book: Science for Loss and Damage. Concepts, Methods and Policy Options

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