07 June 2016

Side Event of the Loss and Damage Network at the Bonn Climate Change Conference

Reinhard Mechler with Colin McQuistan of the NGO Practical Action co-organized a side event of the Loss and Damage Network at the 2016 UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in Bonn.

© by UNclimatechange

© by UNclimatechange

The inclusion of Loss and Damage in the Paris agreement under article 8 came as a great surprise to many observers. This bold statement is recognition of the fact that for many people, cultures, livelihoods and ecosystems existential and irreversible impacts are already taking place. Debate on the scope and framing of, and on how the mechanism will eventually be implemented is incipient.

The side event titled, "The limits to adaptation and why Loss and Damage is an essential component of the climate regime," explored the numerous challenges facing the debate and the Executive Committee on Loss and Damage charged with carrying out the initial workplan. The session provided perspectives on the debate and constituted a space for discussing options for moving forward. Statements and perspectives were provided by: 

This conference brought together representatives of all member countries of the UNFCCC for the forty-fourth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice as well as the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement.

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