Loss and Damage Related to Slow Onset Events in South Asia

/Loss and Damage Related to Slow Onset Events in South Asia
Loss and Damage Related to Slow Onset Events in South Asia 2018-10-09T17:25:35+00:00

Project Brief

Climate change is a new and enormous challenge for South Asian countries, which are highly vulnerable to climate change impacts, including slow onset events: Sea level rise, increasing temperatures, ocean acidification, glacial retreat and related impacts, salinization, land and forest degradation, loss of biodiversity and desertification are described as slow onset events. However, there is very little understanding of slow onset events and its impact on the regional populations and economies that are heavily dependent on natural resources and climate sensitive sectors and have already witnessed the loss of livelihood, reduction in agricultural productivity, negative health impacts and displacement.

The Project on ‘Enhancing Capacity of Policy Makers and Practitioners in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal on Loss and Damage Related to Slow Onset Events in the Region’ is a collaborative effort by Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA) along with ActionAid International and APAN who are working to build capacity of stakeholders in three countries (Nepal, India and Sri Lanka), due to impacts already visible on key sectors which support the livelihoods of a large population. The interventions are Mobilising scientists, policymakers and practitioners to comprehensively assess the impact of slow onset events and prepare a comprehensive response Spreading awareness about the loss and damage caused by slow onset events to people and ecosystems and Sensitise, engage and build capacity of stakeholders, particularly policymakers and practitioners to develop appropriate solutions.

Project Partners

Knowledge Products

Workshop on Capacity Building of Policymakers & Practitioners on Loss and Damage Related to Slow-Onset Events

Millions in South Asia, who depend on natural resources for their livelihoods, are affected and stand to be further affected by the impacts of climate change. This holds true whether the impact is due to rapid onset events like cyclones or slow onset events like sea level rise, increasing temperatures, ocean acidification, glacial retreat and related impacts, salinization, land and forest degradation, loss of biodiversity and desertification. While rapid onset events garner immediate attention due to their sudden and devastating nature, slow onset events are yet to be comprehensively addressed at the policy level in South Asia. The Workshop on Capacity Building of Policymakers & Practitioners on Loss and Damage Related to Slow-Onset is the first step in a major project which will attempt to enhance the capacity of policymakers in Sri Lanka, India and Nepal to address current and future losses from slow onset events.

The objective of this workshop was to holistically consider these issues in the context of policymaking amongst Sri Lankan stakeholders, with input from both national and international experts. The workshop provided the opportunity for a diverse group of stakeholders in climate change research to gather and discuss slow onset events in Sri Lanka, and related loss & damage. Those invited included government representatives, academicians, private researchers, development practitioners, and non-governmental organizations’ representatives.

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Project Focal Point

Rushati Das – Programme Officer
rushati@cansouthasia.net