Pioneering study shows evidence of loss and damage

Nov 27th, 2012 | By | Category: General

Doha, 27 November 2012. For the world’s most vulnerable communities, loss and damage related to climate change is a reality today. A new study draws evidence of loss and damage from five case studies conducted in Bangladesh, Bhutan, The Gambia, Kenya and Micronesia. The findings provide empirical insights into the limits of adaptation and the costs of  unmitigated climate change. The study reveals that, in all five countries, affected communities suffered from loss and damage despite undertaking coping and adaptation measures. The report is presented by UNU-EHS as a part of the Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) Loss and Damage in Vulnerable Countries Initiative.

“Our findings reveal how communities cope with and adapt to climate change impacts. Above all we see that Loss and Damage is a reality today and the numbers are alarming. It is happening even though adaption measures are taken: In Micronesia 92% of respondents were still experiencing adverse impacts, followed by 87% in Bhutan, 72% in Kenya, 70% in Bangladesh and 66% in The Gambia”, stated Dr. Koko Warner, Scientific director, CDKN Loss and Damage in Vulnerable Countries Initiative, UN University in Bonn. “The study also shows how highly sensitive to climatic disturbance these people are: 98.3 per cent base their livelihoods on farming and 83% on livestock keeping (both median values). For 85% of households surveyed, the main purpose of cultivating crops was for their own consumption. Only a median value of 10.9% of surveyed HHs primarily engaged in cultivating crops for the purpose of selling. These bare figures are telling us that people are already at the margins of their survival”, Dr. Warner further explained.

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JOHANNESBURG, 26 November 2012 (IRIN) – As the UN climate change talks get underway in Doha today, a series of new papers is highlighting unresolved issues and raising questions about the quality and quantity of aid being made available to help poor countries adapt to a warming earth.

Rich countries are falling far short of their obligations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which calls for them to provide funds to enable poor countries to adapt to climate change.

This was the conclusion of several recent studies, which used a variety of approaches to examine how affluent countries are fulfilling their obligations. Problems identified included: discrepancies in reporting the funds allocated to adaptation efforts; lack of a common understanding of what “adaptation” and “vulnerability” mean; and lack of transparency.

For more on this story, visit: Climate change: Underfunding leaves poor unable to adapt | ReliefWeb.

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