- The Loss and Damage (L&D) Mechanism was established at the UNFCCC climate negotiations
(the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19)) in Warsaw, Poland, in November 2013.
What is Loss and Damage (L&D) mechanism?
- It aims to address loss and damage associated with impacts of climate change, including extreme events (such as hurricanes, heat waves, etc.) and slow onset events (such as desertification, sea level rise, ocean acidification, etc.) in developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.
About Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM) on Loss and Damage:
- Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage was established at the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) in Warsaw, Poland, on November 2013.
- It is associated with Climate Change Impacts (Loss and Damage Mechanism).
- It aims to address loss and damage associated with impacts of climate change, including extreme events and slow onset events, in developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.
- It is significant because:
- It creates a legitimate policy space to discuss and address the negative consequences of climate change if society´s efforts to mitigate and adapt are not sufficient.
- It reflects ideas in the emerging scientific literature around barriers to adaptation, and limits to adaptation.
- Contribute to new ways of viewing the climate change challenge (new paradigms unlock new ways of dealing with challenges),
- mobilize resources and capacity to help these countries, and
- find ways to prevent disruptive climate shocks from driving vulnerable areas even further from their development goals.