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Towards an urban agenda on climate-related loss and damage
The impacts of climate change in cities are already being felt as loss and damage, due to the lack of capacity of many cities to implement the necessary adaptive and disaster risk reduction (DRR) measures, and the vulnerability of large proportions of urban residents, particularly in developing countries. This paper represents a first attempt to raise some of the issues associated with climate-related loss and damage in urban areas in the global south. It reviews some of the key drivers that will shape the nature and extent of loss and damage in urban areas, explores some of the economic and non-economic approaches to loss and damage that might be taken, discusses some of the key communication challenges around the topic, and identifies some of the information and data gaps and next steps that need to be taken.
The Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) is an eight-year, multi-country initiative working with cities across the world to increase resilience to climate change. IIED is a regional partner within ACCCRN.
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