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Loss and Damage in Vulnerable Countries Initiative

The Loss and Damage in Vulnerable Countries Initiative was initiated by the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) and motivated by the need to understand more about this emerging issue. In order to move forward the debate on loss and damage for the benefit of the least developed countries (LDCs) and other vulnerable countries, the GoB requested assistance from the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) to help building a common understanding around loss and damage and provide insight into what it entails for vulnerable countries.


  • Building a common understanding of loss and damage;
  • Building momentum and commitment to act on loss and damage;
  • Assisting LDCs and other Parties articulate views on the next steps for loss and damage.


As part of this project, CDKN achieved the following:

  • International Climate Policy: Under the auspices of Germanwatch, the consortium contributed capacity development activities to vulnerable countries and stakeholders in the loss and damage discussions and supported the UNFCCC process in general.
  • Framing and conceptual: The consortium contributed to the emerging policy debates around loss and damage through several discussion and framing inputs.
  • Empirical research: At the request of LDCs, UNU gathered empirical evidence around loss and damage in vulnerable countries. Furthermore, the consortium developed several outputs that helped to set-up an emerging scientific understanding of the various facets of loss and damage.
  • National activities: ICCCAD spearheaded several activities on loss and damage at the national level in Bangladesh, which were widened at a later stage of the project to discussions on the climate change impacts and possible approaches to address losses and damages in other parts of Asia.

Other Details

Start Date:11/01/2011
End Date:03/31/2013
Funded by:CDKN


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