Methods for assessing loss and damage are vital because they provide a way to ascertain the severity of a disaster and the impact on an affected population. Such assessments give recognition to the plight of affected communities and provide a strong basis for policymaking aimed at reducing the impacts of climate-induced loss and damage. In addition, loss and damage assessments can help in determining compensation or insurance for affected households. LEAD Pakistan, with funding from the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) and implementing partner the United Nations University-Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), developed a methods toolbox for local-level assessment of loss and damage from climate-related stressors. The toolbox can be considered a prototype for future assessments of loss and damage by researchers and organizations across the world, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. As part of the project activities, the toolbox was tested by researchers in Pakistan, India and Nepal. This helped build the capacity of researchers in these countries to assess loss and damage in vulnerable communities and also yielded insightful research findings for future learning and action. For more on the methods toolbox, see http://www.lead.org.pk/lead/projectdetails.aspx?pid=143.
LEAD Pakistan has also conducted extensive research on the theme of Loss and Damage. These include an Occasional Paper, Action Research, Information Brief, Discussion Paper and Newsletter. To view our research please click the links below:
- Towards Quantification of Loss and Damage
- Loss and Damage from Drought in Pakistan: Notes from Tharparkar
- Loss and Damage from Flooding in Rajanpur Information Brief
- Non-Economic Loss and Damage: Exploring the Mental Health Impact of Climate Change
- Making The Difference Monthly Newsletter: Special Edition on Loss and Damage