Non-Economic Losses From Climate Change: Implications for Nature, People and COP 26
The world is experiencing significant losses and damages as a result of climate change, caused by growing CO2 emissions. These impacts are felt hardest in developing countries and in vulnerable natural systems, reinforcing poverty and biodiversity losses.
In the loss and damage debate, there is a greater emphasis on economic loss and damage. However, there is less consideration of the non-economic losses (NEL).
NEL refers to a broad range of impacts that are not easily recorded in financial terms. They may impact individuals (e.g. loss of life, health, mobility), society (e.g. loss of territory, cultural heritage, indigenous or local knowledge) or the environment (e.g. loss of biodiversity, ecosystem services).
This event focuses on the non-economic losses from climate change and will provide a voice for the voiceless, whose lives and livelihoods are most impacted when climate induced NEL occurs. With the increasing importance of nature-based solutions, we need to ensure that as the uptake of this increases, NEL benefits also increase and that poorly planned nature-based solutions don’t inadvertently lead to its further deterioration.
- Introduction: Sandeep Chamling Rai, WWF
- Presentation of a developed and developing country case study:
Quincy Childs and Sari Ohsada, Six Degrees
- Indigenous peoples and NEL: Pasang Dolma Sherpa - CIPRED, Nepal
- Poor people and NEL: Afsari Begum - Practical Action Bangladesh
- Small Island Developing states and NEL: Linda Siegele - AOSIS negotiator
- Discussion chaired by Colin McQuistan - Practical Action