In a new policy brief Tahura Farbin and Saleemul Huq from the International Centre for Climate Change and Development the authors offer suggestions on what is needed to report and eventually address loss and damage from climate change in Bangladesh. The brief has produced within the project, Recasting the Disproportionate Impacts of Climate Change Extremes (DICE) - which focuses on non-economic loss and damage caused by climate change, and who it affects, how, why and at what scale.

In Designing a Comprehensive Institutional Structure to Address Loss and Damage from Climate Change in Bangladesh we hear how the Government of Bangladesh has set up a two-year pilot project for a national mechanism on loss & damage (L&D). Drawing on conversations with policymakers in Bangladesh, a review of scientific journal articles and technical reports, the policy brief, describes the purpose, goals, and potential outcomes of Bangladesh’s national mechanism. The brief also offers suggestions of what is needed to report and eventually address L&D in Bangladesh.

Key Messages from the policy brief:

1. Build a centralized climate change database to collect the data required to address losses and damages attributed to climate change.

2. Improve baseline field data collection and analysis on various aspects of socioeconomic vulnerability and resilience to climate change.

3. Increase autonomy for local governments in making decisions on finance, planning and implementation.

4. Co-produce knowledge between local communities and local organisations of knowledge generation and practice, to engage with decision makers about the needs of the community.

5. Streamline financial services and increase the availability of funds to the most at-risk people by expanding the reach of risk transfer tools and risk retention tools to help households and communities avoid loss and damage before it occurs.

6. Integrate DRR and CCA under the Comprehensive Risk Management Framework in local and national disaster management committees.

7. Finance Loss and Damage by utilizing national, international, and other innovative funding mechanisms.

The policy brief was produced by Tahura Farbin and Saleemul Huq from the DICE project. It is a collaboration between LUCSUS and the International Centre for Climate Change and Development, ICCCAD.