Conference on Loss and Damage 2019
While the proliferation of new papers and initiatives relating to L&D is promising, many challenges remain for the scientific and policy communities. These include how L&D from climate change should be conceptualised, how to measure and quantify existing L&D and predict future L&D, and what governance arrangements are most appropriate for different contexts.
For example, which approaches to L&D from climate-related events can best account for both economic as well as non-economic impacts, where increasing evidence suggest the latter can be just as significant to individuals and communities ?
How can climate science, ecological science and sustainability science perspectives be combined to advance L&D theory and practice? And how can L&D from climate events be meaningfully situated within the broader sustainable development agenda, including the SDGs, as highlighted in Article 8 of the Paris Agreement? Is there need for new research to support L&D policy, as new questions emerge that require attention?
The conference will explore L&D through five analytical lenses.
- Defining L&D from a climate change perspective – what do we know?
- Defining L&D from an ecological perspective – what do we know?
- Defining L&D from a sustainability perspective – what do we know?
- Governance and economics of L&D – how do we do it?
- Policy and practice of L&D on social-ecological systems – how do we do it?
The conference is hosted by Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies in partnership with the Centre for Environmental and Climate Research (CEC) Lund University, Oxford University, Met Office UK, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and Munich Re Foundation.