Loss and damage – research, policy and lived experience in least developed countries

Date: Tuesday, 8 September 2020
Where: Online
Stilt houses tower above water.

Stilt houses have been built in Dhaka, Bangladesh to respond to the impact of climate change (Photo: Development Planning Unit at UCL via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

On Tuesday, 8 September, IIED and ICCCAD hosted a webinar featuring least developed countries' national experts sharing their research and lived experience of loss and damage. The discussion aimed to ensure that loss and damage remains a priority issue in the lead up to COP26.

This webinar was the last one of a series of three on LDCs and their work implementing the Paris Agreement that brought together practitioners from LDCs with global experts, and other stakeholders to share their experiences in implementing the Paris Agreement.

With climate extremes intensifying, causing devastating impact across the world and especially in least developed countries (LDCs), loss and damage is crucial to understand the inevitable consequences of human-caused climate change.

Some of these impacts manifest slowly, while others hit hard and fast. The year 2020 has already seen a fair share of climatic adversities – from wildfires to windstorms and cyclones – posing a significant threat to the global economy. These events have reinstated the need for stronger attention to loss and damage, on a practical level in-country, as well as in international climate negotiations.

The International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and IIED partnered to host an online discussion featuring speakers from LDCs to share more about their lived experiences of loss and damage and make the case for ensuring loss and damage remains a priority issue in the lead up to and at COP26.


Elaine Harty (, senior coordinator, IIED's Climate Change research group