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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Dealing with Loss and Damage

The Department for International Development (DFID) and European Commission sponsored production of a briefing paper prepared by ActionAid, CARE, Germanwatch, and WWF on the concepts of loss and damage as focal points for future climate change negotiations. The premise of the brief is that regardless of mitigation and adaptation efforts, irreversible losses are likely to arise, particularly in least developed nations. Hence, international negations should include measures for compensating those that experience loss and damage from climate change. However, given the international community seems to face enough challenges with advancing adaptation and mitigation efforts, expecting that same community to simultaneously look beyond risk management at the management of losses would seem to be wishful thinking.

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