Human Mobility

and Non-Economic

Loss and Damage:





The Platform on Disaster Displacement and the Loss and Damage Collaboration
20 / 04/ 2023
Nurun Nahar has two children; she lives in the remote village of Islampur, in the Jamalpur region of Bangladesh. A recent flood has destroyed her family's home. To cope with the catastrophe she will take her family to find a nearby shelter. Image Credit: UN Women/Mohammad Rakibul Hasan, licenced under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

The Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD) and the Loss and Damage Collaboration (L&DC) jointly developed a submission to contribute to the work of the Expert Group on Non-Economic Losses (NELs-EG) of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM-ExCom). The NELs-EG is currently working to update their 2013 technical paper on Non-Economic Losses, with the due date for paper scheduled for autumn 2023. Mandated under item "e" of activities 4 and 13, within the decision points of the 18th session of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage, the paper will update the UNFCCC's 2013 NELs technical paper.

The submission is a compilation of research papers, news stories, policy documents and analytic reports that were shared by partners involved in the work of the PDD and L&DC's informally affiliated working group on “Loss and Damage and the challenges of Human Mobility and Displacement”, which brings together experts and practitioners working on climate change, migration, displacement and planned relocations.

The submission has been elaborated around seven main topics:

1. The need to focus on the drivers and on the impacts;

2. The persisting data and knowledge gaps;

3. The elaboration of a typology of non-economic losses and damages linked with displacement and movements;

4. The interconnections between economic and non-economic losses;

5. The need to look at and address specific conditions of vulnerability;

6. Indirect impacts incurred in areas of origin and destination;

7. The need for integrated approaches.

Details on the materials analysed and links to the documents (where available) can be accessed here.

The repository of materials and the evidence compiled in this submission will continue to be used to contribute to ongoing policy and advocacy efforts, including in particular for upcoming Loss and Damage negotiations under the UNFCCC. If you want to share your work and contribute to the process, please share any relevant material through this Google Form.

Download the submission below and visit the PDD's website for its Project to Avert, Minimize and Address Displacement Related to the Effects of Climate Change (PAMAD) to lear more about there work on Loss and Damage.

Read the full paper here: