Addressing loss and damage in the context of social vulnerability and resilience

Policy Brief No.7 on Addressing loss and damage in the context of social vulnerability and resilience, presented by the Munich Re Foundation (MRF) Chair on Social Vulnerability and the United Nations University-Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), is now available online!  Two of IRDR’s Science Committee members, Anthony Oliver-Smith and Susan L, Cutter, contributed to the brief.

Officially launched in Doha on December 4, 2012, this policy brief derives from the knowledge of the seven MRF Summer Academies with the aim to highlight the relevance of research on vulnerability and resilience for the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 18, 2012) discussions.

The concept of loss and damage associated with climate change is new for science and policy. This policy brief provides seven targeted recommendations focusing on how loss and damage should be designed to find policies and practices that significantly reduce losses and damages related to climatic stressors in much of the world. These recommendations feed in to the discussions on loss and damage in Doha in order to find a mandated COP decision of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) work programme on loss and damage.

Read more about this initiative on the UNU-EHS website, or click to download Policy Brief No. 7.