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BC3 Seminars: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Mechler - January 27th

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Climate risk management for the Loss & Damage Debate: Acting on principles of distributional and compensatory justice

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Mechler (IIASA and Vienna University of Economics and Business) Thomas Schinko ( IIASA & Wegener Centre, University of Graz)


The Warsaw Loss and Damage Mechanism holds high appeal for transforming action on mitigation and responses for dealing with climate-related risks. The terrain is extremely contested, as ‘Southern countries’ at risk demand climate justice, while OECD negotiators have been unwilling to even consider such framing and related action; while compensation is currently ruled out via the Paris agreement, those countries are willing to support comprehensive risk management, as evidenced by debates based on moral responsibility that informed the approval of the Sendai Framework of Action on disaster risk reduction earlier in 2015. At the same time, the science behind climate-related risks relevant for the Loss and Damage debate is equally complex. It has made great leaps forward as summarized in recent IPCC reports. Yet, while attribution of events, such as heat and drought, with anthropogenic climate change has been partially successful, risk attribution has not been achieved due to the role of human agency involved in shaping risks, thus hampering the application of the principle of strict liability for climate risks. We are suggesting an actionable way forward for the deliberations based on the concept of climate risk management and principles of distributional and compensatory justice. The approach involves in a needs-based perspective, support for risk management beyond countries ability to absorb risk; in a rights-based perspective it upholds a consideration for liabilities attributable to climate change. We support our suggestions with country-level stress-test modelling and good practice examples of disaster risk management using the CATSIM model. The calculated cost for absorbing high-level climate-related risk are in the billions of USD, but if efforts are well linked to risk reduction incentives, such an approach may lead to helping to reduce the adaptation, which for many contexts is large already today. Importantly, our analytics provide an entry point for understanding the physical and socio-economic limits to adaptation and risk coping, and thus send a strong signal to the mitigation discussion underlining the strong need for decarbonization, but also harnessing synergies of development-centred approaches for mitigation and building resilience.






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If you are interested in attending the Seminar, please send us an email to events@bc3research.org   

27th January, 10:00-11:00 BC3 offices 

* The Seminar will be in English. / Mintegia ingelesez burutuko da. / El seminario se realizará en inglés.


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