October 18th, 2017 - 3.00 pm (CEST)

Identifying the Risk and Policy Space for Loss and Damage: A Broadening Role for Climate Risk Analysis

  • Date: October 18th, 2017 - 3.00 pm (CEST)
  • Location: Go-to-Webinar
  • Organized by: ICCG
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  • Working language: English
Description:

In the run-up to the Paris Climate Agreement and thereafter, there has been heated debate as to what the Loss and Damage debate should cover. Some have suggested that compensation for losses already incurred is to be its focus. Other observers have suggested it should focus on identifying and providing tested risk management measures to tackle future risks shaped by climate change. Finally, there are those that consider the debate to largely be of symbolic character while broadly emphasizing a need to avoid dangerous climate change. Insiders have been wondering whether these diverse perspectives can be disentangled and even reconciled? We suggest that there is potential for doing so and assert that there is a distinct risk and options space for the Loss and Damage debate. The options space can be defined to encompass transformative measures for avoiding and managing intolerable risks as well as curative measures for dealing with unavoided and unavoidable impacts. The discussion develops and applies a principled framework for aligning perspectives and evaluating policy options, incl. financing, climate-related insurance, comprehensive disaster risk management and a climate displacement facility – options that are under discussion as climate negotiations are going forward.

  • Speakers
    • Reinhard Mechler

      Reinhard Mechler – IIASA, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Loss and Damage Network

      Reinhard Mechler has more than 15 years of experience working on socio-economic aspects related to disaster risk and resilience, and climate change. He currently is deputy director of the ‘Risk & Resilience’ research program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). He has been a visiting professor at the University of Graz, as well as a senior lecturer at the University for Economics and Business in Vienna. Reinhard Mechler has been leading and contributing to many international research and consultancy projects. He acted as a lead author on IPCC’s special report on adaptation to extreme events (SREX) and on IPCC’s 5th assessment report (Working group II).

  • Introduced by
    • Elisa Calliari

      Elisa Calliari holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in International Sciences and Diplomatic Relations from the University of Trieste (Gorizia Campus), where she graduated in 2010 with a thesis on Environmental Accounting. In 2011, she also obtained a Master in Environmental and Energy Economics and Management from Bocconi University. During her studies, she collaborated with the General Consulate of Italy in Barcelona within the Public Relation Office (2008) and with the Emigration and International Cooperation Office of the Trento Province (2010).

      She joined FEEM in 2011 and started her collaboration with the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change in 2013, working on several international projects on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Within ICCG, she follows the topic of Loss and Damage associated with climate change impacts and its evolution within UNFCCC negotiations.

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