New Factsheet: Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts – Significance for development cooperation

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COP26 is still going on! And there are many climate-related topics being discussed. Did you ever wonder what the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM) is all about?

The negative impacts of climate change pose a growing risk to the sustainable development of all countries and poses an existential threat to the Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States.  Accordingly, states particularly affected by climate change have been calling for support to deal with losses and damages caused by climate change since the 1990s. Against this background, the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM) was created during the COP19 in 2013 as the main vehicle of the UNFCCC to pursue Loss and Damage. 

Our new factsheet available in Englisch and German provides you with important background information about the WIM, its five-year rolling workplan and expert groups as well as its significance for (German) development cooperation and exemplary measures for dealing with climate-induced losses and damages. 

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