UNU-EHS to release new case study on Nepal landslide and Loss and Damage at COP22 in Marrakech

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  • 2016•11•03     Morocco

    Who:

    Dr. Kees van der Geest: United Nations University Institute for the Environment and Human Security, Senior Scientist & Lead Researcher for Nepal study and Loss and Damage Expert

    Mr. Raju Pandit Chhetri: Executive Director of Prakriti Resources Centre and member of Climate Change Council (Nepal)

    Dr. Robert Oakes: United Nations University Institute for the Environment and Human Security, Senior Scientist

    What: Press Briefing and launch of new UNU-EHS Case Study Report: “Loss and Damage from a catastrophic landslide in Sindhupalochok District, Nepal.”

    When: Tuesday, 08 November 2016, 10.00-10.30 am

    Where: Press Conference Room 1, COP 22 venue

    Why:
    Having emerged as one of the key climate change challenges of recent years, Loss and Damage will play a central role at COP22. UNU-EHS researchers have been active analyzing both what Loss and Damage looks like on the ground, and how it affects communities impacted by climatic changes. In the wake of a devastating 2014 landslide in Nepal, UNU-EHS scientists carried out innovative fieldwork in the affected region. Approximately 250 household surveys were carried out in order to gain an understanding of the losses and damages sustained by the households in the area. The study also looked into the effectiveness of the various preventative and coping measures adopted by the respondents, and analysed what might have prevented households from doing more.

    Presenting alongside the study’s lead researcher, a local expert and member of the Nepali Climate Change Council will highlight the relevance of this new research and the significance of the findings. Additionally, a UNU-EHS expert will explore the wider issue of migration. While migration might be an effective coping strategy for some households exposed to the impacts of climate change, for others it might actually serve as a driver for further loss and damage.

    Watch the live stream here: http://unfccc.cloud.streamworld.de/upcoming

    For more questions, or to arrange an interview, please contact:

    David Hewitt (locally in Marrakech)
    Communication Associate
    United Nations University
    Institute for Environment and Human Security
    Tel +44 7816356513
    hewitt@vie.unu.edu ;
    www.ehs.unu.edu

    Janine Kandel (in Bonn)
    Communication Officer
    United Nations University
    Institute for Environment and Human Security
    Tel + 49-228-815-0219
    kandel@vie.unu.edu
    www.ehs.unu.edu

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