Loss and Damage from climate change – why does it matter, and what can we achieve at COP26?
Even with rapid decarbonisation, economic and societal loss and damage from climate change are now locked in. These are costs that no amount of adaptation and resilience building can negate. Many countries around the world are already experiencing loss and damage from climate change, and at an ever accelerating rate.
The need to assist countries experiencing loss and damage is recognised under the Paris Agreement, though much more work is required to ensure adequate levels of support. The UK Presidency has stated its intentions to achieve progress on the issue of loss and damage in the run up to, and at COP26. This focus on an often-overlooked area of climate policy is very welcome, though progress on loss and damage under the UNFCCC has historically been painfully slow.
At this event, we will hear from a range of experts on how countries are being impacted by loss and damage, what the possibilities are for making progress on this issue COP26, and how the UK Presidency can ensure progress is made.
Dr Caroline Lucas MP, Member of the Environmental Audit Committee & Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change
Adelle Thomas, Director the Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Research Centre at the University of the Bahamas and Senior Caribbean Research Associate, Climate Analytics
Saleemul Huq, Director of International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD)
Cat Pettengell, Interim Director of Climate Action Network UK (CAN-UK)
Colin McQuistan, Head of Climate and Resilience at Practical Action