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15 Observations on Disaster Displacement as Loss and Damage

The consequences of the climate crisis are already being felt by vulnerable people, communities and societies. Impacts will only grow more acute and widespread as we are confronted with environmental shocks and stresses that exceed our efforts to adapt, reduce risk and build resilience. Minimizing and addressing the losses and damages that will be incurred due to climate change is an urgent, global concern.

Despite the relevance of this topic, and the work that has already been carried out by national and international actors, gaps remain in our understanding of displacement in the context of the adverse effects of climate change. Some need to be addressed through improved data coverage of disaster displacement and its impacts across time and space. Others relate to the lack of clarity, shared definitions, and universally-recognized approaches in theoretical discussions and operational efforts. This document aims to provide some observations on some of these challenges and some recommendations on how to address them.

“15 Observations on Disaster Displacement as Loss & Damage” is the outcome of an expert panel discussion on “Disaster Displacement as Loss and Damage: Clarifying Concepts, Understanding Impacts”, organized by the Data and Knowledge Working Group (DKWG) of the Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD) as part of the Triple-D (Data, Disasters, Displacement) Webinar Series. The full recording of the webinar is available below.

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