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There is a growing realization in the scientific community of the world that the adaptation and mitigation actions to build up a climate resilient society have not been at par to the requirements of the day. This calls urgently for a new perspective of understanding of the impacts of climate change on society, especially the areas with a limited ability to adapt to some or all of those impacts. In this scenario, two major factors stand out clearly for the residual impacts; one is the inability of the global community to plan and implement sufficient adaptation measures at scale, place and time they are needed and secondly the failure of adaptation practices, suggesting that there is a limit to which adaptation can take place. This signifies that one should expect high possibilities of unavoidable damages despite planned mitigation and adaptation practices based on known climate change impacts. Thereby, recognizing and considering loss and damage into planning strategies is vital for making adaptation effective and sustainable. Given the complexity and urgency of the issue of loss and damage, there is a pressing need for the international community to provide clarity and leadership to address the residual impacts of climate change.
Within this context, KEI-KACCC in collaboration with UNEP and APAN will organize an one-day training on “Climate Change Adaptation Considering Loss and Damage Issues” on 29 August 2013. This workshop will be followed by the organization of the International Conference on “Adaptation and Loss and Damage Associated with Climate Change in the Asia Pacific: Integrating Scientific Aspects” on 30-31 August 2013.
Part 1: Science of Climate Change
- Climate Change and Human ponses
Changsub Shim, KACCC, KEI
- Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management
Moung Jin Lee, KACCC, KEI
Part 2: Climate Change Adaptation
- Emergence of Loss and Damage in the Context of Climate Change Adaptation
Mozaharul Alam, UNEP ROAP
- National Climate Change Adaptation Policy and Its Implementation in Korea
Young Han Kwon, KACCC, KEI
- Loss and Damage - A Perspective from Bhutan
Lam Dorji, Royal Society for Protection of Nature
Part 3: Climate Change Adaptation Considering Loss and Damage
The Department of Environmental Science, Central University of Rajasthan and the Swedish Meteorology and Hydrology Institute, Sweden are jointly organizing the International Workshop on “Climate Change Impact and Societal Adaptation” from November 6-8, 2013 at Central University of Rajasthan, Ajmer, India. Please visit the link http://www.curaj.ac.in/pdf/
Please submit your abstract and registration form through email to email@example.com by August 31, 2013. All submissions will be acknowledged on receipt.
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Loss and damage is an emerging field that is being addressed at the international level in the global climate change negotiations and is also being considered by many national governments in light of increasing climate change impacts. Increased focus on loss and damage in recent years has been spurred by the realisation that existing levels of mitigation and adaptation will not be enough to avoid all negative impacts from climate change. These residual losses and damages will require new approaches and new ways of thinking and doing.
This webpage will provide technical guidance on understanding and addressing loss and damage as well as a platform for the exchange of knowledge and the sharing of best practices as countries in the Asia Pacific region begin to grapple with how to best address loss and damage.
The Loss and Damage in Vulnerable Countries Initiative initiated by the Government of Bangladesh provides more information on the issue. Visit: http://lossanddamage.net