Book launch: “Loss and Damage from Climate Change. Concepts, Methods and Policy Options”

The LSE Grantham Research Institute and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in collaboration with the Loss and Damage Network, invite you to a book launch and panel discussion about Loss and Damage from climate change. 2018 has been marked by a number of particularly severe climate-related extreme events across the globe, well in line with IPCC findings showing that the frequency, intensity and severity of climate-related hazards are being adversely shaped by anthropogenic climate change. Increasingly, evidence is emerging that risks linked to those hazards have the potential to significantly affect lives and erode livelihoods across the globe, as well as push vulnerable people, communities and countries to their physical and socio-economic adaptation limits. Is climate change thus leading to instances ‘beyond adaptation’? The UNFCCC’s Loss and Damage policy discourse has given voice to these concerns over the last 3 decades, yet concepts, methods and tools as well as directions for policy and implementation have remained contested and vague.

This new book (available here) provides authoritative insight by highlighting state-of-the-art research and policy debate linked to the Loss and Damage discourse and by articulating its multiple concepts, principles and methods. Written by leading researchers and practitioners, it identifies practical and evidence-based policy and implementation options to inform the discourse and climate negotiations.


Welcome:  Swenja Surminski, Grantham Research Institute

Introduction and overview: Reinhard Mechler, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Insights from chapter authors:

  • Elisa Calliari, CMCC/University College London
  • Colin Mc Quistan, Practical Action
  • Zinta Zommers, Mercy Corps

Discussion with the audience.

To register your free place at the book launch use the panel on the right hand side of this page

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