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Methods Toolbox For Assessing Loss And Damage At Local Level

The project involved developing a methods toolbox for local-level assessment of loss and damage from climate-related stressors, including sudden-onset events and slow-onset processes. Conceptually and methodologically, the project combined climate change adaptation (CCA)  and disaster risk reduction (DRR) perspectives, looking at adaptation to slow-onset climatic changes (including adaptation limits and constraints), as well as the risk management strategies that people adopt to prevent or minimise disaster losses. The project was built on experiences from the first ever multi-country study on loss and damage from the perspective of people affected by climate-induced loss and damage in the least developed and other vulnerable countries, including three in Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal) and one in the Pacific (Federated States of Micronesia).

The project established a prototype for future assessments of loss and damage by researchers and organizations across the world, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. As part of the project activities, the toolbox was tested by national researchers in Pakistan, India and Nepal. This helped build the capacity of researchers in these countries to assess loss and damage in vulnerable communities and also yielded insightful research findings for future learning and action.

By the end of the project, LEAD Pakistan, with support from our implementing partners, the United Nations University (UNU), All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI) and Integrated Development Society (IDS), published ten journal articles in a special issue on loss and damage for the International Journal for Global Warming. The lessons learnt about the strengths and weaknesses of the methods used were shared through these articles.


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Start Date:07/01/2014
End Date:07/31/2016
Funded by:APN


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