Loss and Damage is a concept that came to light from the reality that often some impacts of climate change cannot be mitigated or adapted to – impacts that are so grave they cause permanent irreversible loss and damage.
Loss and Damage may be cause by severe rapid onset weather events such as storms and cyclones, but also slow onset events such as rising sea levels, desertification, salinization, land and forest degradation, and increasing temperatures. Loss & damage could refer to among others, economic and noneconomic impacts such as loss of livelihoods, biodiversity, ecosystems.Read more
At the 19th Conference of the Parties meeting of the UNFCCC in 2013 in Warsaw, Poland, the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts was established. At the Conference of Parties meeting of the UNFCCC in Paris, loss and damage was acknowledged as a standalone concept as of its own right, separately from Adaptation. The Paris Agreement bolstered the Warsaw International Mechanism, although it expressly stated that there is no right to compensation for loss and damage.
SLYCAN Trust focuses on the thematic area of Loss and Damage through its research, policy and advocacy related work.