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As a leading example of the Global South, Bangladesh is one of the few countries exploring the possibility of a National Mechanism on Loss and Damage. ICCCAD is a key organisation in Bangladesh which is involved in the process around the national L&D mechanism from its beginning and has a trusted network including all relevant actors, especially high-level government officials, on the national level. Thus ICCCAD has a key role for setting up a national level Multi Actor Partnership (MAP) around the L&D mechanism.  

Empowering and strengthening national level stakeholder

Empowering and strengthening national level stakeholder

In the next 3 years, Training will be provided to government ministries and agencies, non-governmental organisations, academics and researchers, private sector, media personnel, youth group etc. The overall goal of this training programme is to use the gained knowledge in their regular activities. The level of the training will be basic to a high level. The objective of the training is to enhance the capacity of Key Stakeholders on the topic of L&D including basics on climate risks and impacts, national projects, relevant national policies, international discussions on adaptation and loss and damage and role and possibilities of civil society to accompany projects and policies on L&D. The training module could be used as a general L&D training tool for relevant stakeholders beyond the project countries.

Supporting Early Career Researchers

Supporting Early Career Researchers

The objective is to support early career scholars to independently undertake empirical research on L&D (economic and non-economic) through capacity enhancing methodological and conceptual training. Potential activities include training in concepts surrounding climate risks and L&D, e.g.; consideration of avoided, unavoided and unavoidable L&D and how vulnerable groups such as women, children, the elderly and ethnic minorities are affected by L&D. In addition, training on methodologies for research on L&D, such as Qualitative research methods training in method and focus groups, Quantitative research methods training e.g., in household surveys, and tools for estimating non-economic L&D Based on the trainings, preparing research on key questions for the L&D implementation project etc. will be included.

Workshops with key actors on the national level

Workshops with key actors on the national level

Through the multi-actor partnership, national level resilience can be strengthened, holistically, to adequately address climate risks and concrete impacts in Bangladesh, especially by enhancing the capacity of civil society to support relevant processes. Workshops with key actors on the national level will be conducted in order to support the implementation of the L&D mechanisms and to promote inter-ministerial cooperation and cross-sectoral collaboration, more specifically with Public Private Partnership Authority (PPPA), Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MODMR), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEFCC), Ministry of Planning (MOP) with the presence of CSOs and other relevant stakeholders. There will be several workshops in the upcoming years. Some key topics for discussions could be effective loss and damage mechanisms for Bangladesh by developing a framework for enhancing understanding and knowledge related to climate impacts, vulnerabilities and loss and damage; specific legislative and institutional frameworks on loss and damage; establishing collaboration between the National Mechanism and WIM; framework for facilitating research on loss and damage; minimizing institutional barriers; establishment and maintenance of a comprehensive database of risks, vulnerabilities, hazards, people and assets; collecting information on social and cultural loss etc.

 
 

Assessment of possible legal framework conditions and the financial architecture to establish and address Loss and Damage

Assessment of possible legal framework conditions and the financial architecture to establish and address Loss and Damage

The Government of Bangladesh (GoB) has achieved significant success in reducing climatic disaster related casualties. In doing so, over time it has moved away from the earlier concept of responding post-disaster to the more cost-effective approach of pre-disaster mitigation and preparedness. Recognizing the fact that the country will suffer from significant loss and damage due to climate change, the government has initiated several measures to draft the National Mechanism on Loss and Damage. For example, an assessment of the scopes, gaps and constraints of the existing institutional arrangements and their legal mandates to address loss and damage. Based on such assessment, necessary policy guidance for amendments/enactments of or within the existing institutional arrangements can be identified. Also, limited financial resources to invest in climate change projects, existing weak institutional structures, corruption and a lack of coordination among the relevant ministries and financial entities are the primary limiting factors which hinder attempts to ensure effective responses to address climate change induced loss and damage.