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)
How does L&D affect vulnerable communities and impair or counteract efforts of poverty reduction, sustainable development, and resilience-building across different levels?
Where are the limits of adaptation and to what extent can climate-related risks be reduced and managed? How do relief, adaptive recovery, reconstruction, and resilience-building take place along different timescales, and what is necessary for their success in averting, minimising, and/or addressing L&D?
What is the relationship between vulnerability, residual risk, risk retention, maladaptation, and L&D?
Can the scale and extent of L&D be measured? What is measurable and what is not, particularly in the context of quantifying and compensating non-economic L&D?
How can climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and L&D be brought together into a unified framework and vertically integrated from the local to the global level? How does this connect to global agendas such as those under the UNFCCC (Paris Agreement, Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts, Santiago Network on Loss & Damage, Glasgow Dialogue, Global Goal on Adaptation), the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, or the Sustainable Development Goals?