Dear Madam Chancellor,
Adaptation & Loss and Damage Working Group
The CAN Adaptation and Loss & Damage Group coordinates advocacy and policy work around adaptation and loss & damage. Within the UNFCCC, this encompasses work on different negotiation streams (e.g. National Adaptation Plans, Nairobi Work Programme, adaptation in the ADP) as well as following certain technical bodies (in particular, the Adaptation Committee and the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss & Damage). The group also contributes to crosscutting issues such as adaptation finance. After the COP19 decision to establish a loss & damage mechanism, the group’s name was renamed to include loss and damage, reflecting the increasing relevance of loss & damage discussions as well as the “beyond adaptation” nature of this issue area. Given the close links to the adaptation debate and the overlap in individuals involved, it was decided to keep both issues in one group. The group also exchanges information on aspects beyond the negotiations related to adaptation and loss & damage. New active members, in particular with concrete adaptation experience, are very welcome.
Thank you Chair,
I am Carmen Capriles speaking on behalf of Climate Action Network.
The IPCC has made it extremely clear that the "limits to adaptation" exceed with greater rates and magnitude of climate change. Already there are several examples of impossible adaptation to intolerable and unavoidable risks such as sea level rise, ocean acidification, and loss of territory and biodiversity.
Governments at COP19 in Warsaw agreed to “initiate or intensify preparations of their intended nationally determined contributions” (INDC) to meet the ultimate objective of the convention. It was also agreed that governments in ‘a position to do so’ would submit their INDCs by March 2015. At the Climate Summit in New York, the commitment to come forward with INDCs was further reiterated. Even though there is broad agreement on the need to submit INDCs much ahead of COP 21 in Paris, there is still not enough agreement on the shape of these INDCs.
Scientific intelligence is key to understanding the facts and challenges of human induced climate change. For CAN, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the most authoritative scientific body on these issues, because there is no other body whose methodologies guarantee a scientific quality of any comparable level as the IPCC.
Science is a strong driver for progress in the UNFCCC negotiations.
CAN International’s working group on adaptation and loss & damage welcomes the invitation by the ExCom of the Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM) on Loss and Damage to submit suggestions for the work plan of the WIM for 2015 and 2016, which the ExCom is tasked to prepare for approval by COP20.