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Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research

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Project • CAF2013-01SY-L+D(F)-Huq

Asia Pacific Forum on Loss and Damage

Loss and damage is an issue fast emerging in research agendas as well as national policies and programs in the Asia Pacific region. For the past two years the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) have undertaken research to better understand loss and damage in Bangladesh. Discussions with policymakers at both the national level and throughout the Asia Pacific region have revealed an urgent need to understand more about potential future losses and damages and how they can be addressed. Researchers are now beginning to respond to this need. However, research on loss and damage is complicated by both the uncertainty of future climate change and the linkages with a range of disciplines including disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, development and insurance. By creating an Internet forum to disseminate knowledge on loss and damage, the project will profile research on the topic and help shed light on the challenges and potential solutions to address them. In addition, the Asia Pacific Forum on Loss and Damage will allow researchers to connect and learn from others conducting research in the region. In addition, a bi-monthly newsletter will disseminate research findings to a larger audience including practitioners and stakeholders. A key component of APN’s Climate Adaptation Framework is regional capacity building. The project will provide a platform to build the capacity of a wider group of researchers in the region. Relevant to the APN Climate adaptation Framework, the Forum will provide space for APN-funded projects related to loss and damage to disseminate their results within the community which will increase the exposure of APN and help APN gather and learn from loss and damage research in the region. The Forum website will also be accessible to policymakers, practitioners and other stakeholders, thereby increasing the likelihood that research will be translated into policy and practice.