International Writeshop on Special Publication on Linking Climate Change Adaptation (CCA), Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Loss & Damage (L&D)

Organised by Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research & SLYCAN Trust

Date 20th - 22nd October, 2022

Location Colombo, Sri Lanka

Climate change impacts are felt across the world, and especially in countries most vulnerable such as those in the Asia Pacific region. While adaptation measures and disaster risk reduction can address vulnerabilities and build the resilience of communities, climate-related hazards are set to surpass the hard or soft limits of adaptation in many geographic, socioeconomic, and sociocultural spaces.

So far, available evidence on loss & damage in the form of quantitative or qualitative empirical studies or narratives is limited. There is a need to enhance knowledge on the national, regional, and global level and develop effective methodologies and tools to assess, analyse, and address economic and non-economic loss and damage and its interlinkages with adaptation and risk reduction. 

Through the case studies and other contributions from leading experts, this publication will focus on different forms and aspects of climate-induced loss and damage using a variety of methods and approaches, from global climate models and projections to community-led assessments and voices on the grassroots level. The planned edited volume will consist of chapters on twelve case studies based on completed projects conducted in the Asia-Pacific region under the Climate Adaptation Framework of the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), and spanning countries such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. These case studies focus on sectors including agriculture, rural livelihoods, energy, infrastructure, and natural resources, which are exposed to severe, complex, cascading, and often covariate risks that are caused by or directly related to climate change.

As part of this activity, a three-day international writeshop will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka at Cinnamon Grand Colombo from 20th to 22nd October 2022, with the authors of the project case studies for this publication to write and revise their respective manuscripts with through an author-to-author peer review and co-creation process.

Editors: Vositha Wijenayake, Dr. Linda Anne Stevenson, Dr. Akio Takemoto, Dr. Amit Ranjan, Dennis Mombauer

Contributors: Prof. Saleemul Huq, Dr. Senaka Basnayake, Dennis Mombauer, Vositha Wijenayake, Harjeet Singh, Dr. Sindra Sharma (Co-author of Harjeet Singh), Dr. Kees van der Geest, Dr. Hina Lotia, Michael Boyland, Dr. S. V. R. K. Prabhakar, Dr. Lam Vu Thanh Noi, Dr. Vigya Sharma, Dr. Rodel D. Lasco, Hoang Thi Bich Hop (Co-author of Dr. Rodel D. Lasco), Dr. Le Minh Nhat, Dr. Dang Quang Thinh (Co-author of Dr. Le Minh Nhat)

Key questions and areas of focus

Vositha Wijenayake

Executive Director, SLYCAN Trust, Sri Lanka

Dr. Linda Anne Stevenson

Head of Knowledge Management & Scientific Affairs; Deputy Head of Development & Institutional Affairs at APN

Dr. Akio Takemoto

Head of Programme and Administration, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)

Dr. Amit Ranjan

Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore

Dennis Mombauer

Director: Research & Knowledge Management, SLYCAN Trust, Sri Lanka

Hina Lotia

LEAD Pakistan

Dr. S. V. R. K. Prabhakar

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan

Dr. Lam Vu Thanh Noi

Southern Institute of Water Resources Research (SIWRR), Vietnam

Michael Boyland

SOAS University of London, PhD candidate

Dr. Kees van der Geest

United Nations University, Germany

Dr. Senaka Basnayake

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, Thailand

Harjeet Singh

Climate Action Network International, India

Dr. Vigya Sharma

The University of Queensland, Australia

Dr. Rodel D. Lasco

Oscar M. Lopez Center, Philippines

Dr. Le Minh Nhat

Viet Nam Disaster Management Authority, Vietnam

Prof. Saleemul Huq

International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Bangladesh