The Climate Charter – A Practical Guide Session 7

Understanding Climate Change Loss and Damage and Links to Humanitarian Action

This topic focuses on loss and damage as an approach to addressing climate change impacts.


Topic 7

Loss and Damage: How can humanitarian NGOs engage?...

Action to address Loss and Damage under the UNFCCC is conceived as a climate mechanism not a humanitarian one...
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The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) includes commitments regarding “Loss and Damage” (L&D) – the impacts of climate change to which those least responsible for climate change are not able to adapt. Action to address L&D under the UNFCCC aims to enable countries to recover and develop after a crisis and address slow-onset impact, but also to compensate people for what they have lost. The concept of L&D is rooted in the principles of climate justice: that those who have done the least to contribute to rising temperatures should not bear the costs associated with addressing it.

The session explored what Loss and Damage is and how it could support – and be supported by – existing humanitarian finance mechanisms. The session also explored the losses and damages experienced by individuals, communities, and governments and how adequate funding for loss and damage could reduce the impact of short-term, protracted, and slow onset crises.

Aims of the webinar:   

  • Improve understanding of Loss and Damage and its relationship to climate finance, as well as the importance of this year’s COP27 to Loss and Damage and how it links to humanitarian action.
  • Discuss why humanitarian organizations need to engage on the topic of Loss and Damage, among others, in the lead-up to COP27.
  • Highlight the modalities and strategies for humanitarian NGOs to engage in the preparatory work for COP27 and beyond.
Understanding Climate Change Loss and Damage and Links to Humanitarian Action

Understanding Climate Change Loss and Damage and Links to Humanitarian Action


Krity Shrestha
Program and Advocacy Advisor, Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance
Mattias Soderberg
Chief Advisor, DanChurchAid
Jeffrey Maganya
Regional Head of Programmes, Horn, East and Central Africa I Oxfam International
Bettina Koelle
Bettina Koelle
Senior Learning Specialist, Red Cross and Red Crescent Climate Centre


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Nishanie Jayamaha
Learning and Program Coordinator, ICVA
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Manisha Thomas
Senior Policy Advisory, PHAP

15 August 2022
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