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  • Assessing the Performance of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage Associated with Climate Change Impacts

    Johansson, Angelica; Walker-Crawford, Noah; Hartz, Friederike; Vanhala, Lisa; Calliari, Elisa (2021-10)
    The WIM is the structure within the UNFCCC that deals with loss and damage policy. There is potential for the Mechanism to include different sub-committees and/or working groups such as the Santiago Network (see Madrid decision or https://unfccc.int/santiago-network/about). However, as the majority of the WIM-related work to date has been executed by the ExCom, this study specifically evaluates the performance of the WIM ExCom. The research is guided by the following questions: How has the WIM ExCom performed in delivering on its mandate and workplans? How does the Wim ExCom’s performance vary between topics and workstreams? This report uses publicly available data to analyse the WIM ExCom’s performance in addressing L&D as set out in its formal agenda and objectives using three evaluative dimensions: effectiveness, progress, and participation. These evaluative dimensions developed prior to the assessment enable us to provide an overview of how the WIM’s work has progressed, what efforts have been applied, and to what extent it has engaged with relevant stakeholders.
  • Closing the gap between policy and practice: the role of institutional mapping

    Sneddon, Alison (Practical Action Consulting, 2021-11-18)
    Lessons learned about the importance of stakeholder mapping and effective practice drawn from the development of a prototype landslide early warning system in India
  • PA IATI Activity Q2 2021/22 v2

    Anderson, Chris (2021-11-05)
    PA IATI Activity Q2 2021/22 v2
  • Establishing the Santiago Network for Loss and Damage: What We Can Learn from Climate Technology Centre and Network

    McQuistan, Colin (Practical Action, United Kingdom, 2021-10)
    Loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change is an urgent issue with impacts already being experienced by frontline communities. The establishment of the Santiago Network for Loss and Damage (SNLD) as part of the Warsaw In¬ternational Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM) is a step in the right direction, but it needs to be fully operationalised. This policy brief looks at the lessons learned from the operationalisation of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) and makes recommendations for the SNLD.
  • Introduction to regional landslide early warning systems

    Budimir, Mirianna; Sneddon, Alison; Brown, Sarah (Practical Action Consulting, 2021-10-27)
    The Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience (SHEAR) programme supports world-leading research to enhance the quality, availability and use of risk and forecast information. This is an introductory guide to regional early warning systems for rainfall-triggered landslides. This guide includes an overview of data used, institutional roles, and dissemination and communication approaches

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