Online course on “Climate change: a question of justice?”

Just in time for the UN climate summit (COP-21) in Paris in December, the Interdisciplinary Distance Learning Programme in Environmental Sciences (infernum) at Hagen University, Germany has produced a massive open online course in collaboration with the Department of Political Science at Lund University in Sweden. The course has been funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research. The online course focuses on social science perspectives on climate change and features well-kn...
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Understanding NELD – Imagine the following scenario…

Imagine the following scenario: An island community is forced to relocate because sea-level rise has rendered the land uninhabitable. What are the changes an island community faces? At first infrastructure is left behind; cultivated land is lost and crops can no longer be harvested; fisheries are abandoned and income opportunities at least temporally lost. Then the community resettles in some other, remote and safer area. If all goes well, new income opportunities arise and individuals divers...
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Challenges to addressing NELD

The value of NELD is highly context-dependent (loss of land may mean a substantial loss of identity to one person and a mere nuisance of having to relocate to another) and some items may be deemed irreplaceable. This renders comparability and monetary assessment difficult. Given that many NELD items do often not occur in distinct units and monetary value is not available, quantification is often equally problematic. The challenge will thus be to assess NELD in a way that is sensitive to context ...
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Welcome to the NELD Platform

Loss and damage resulting from climate change cannot always be easily expressed in monetary terms, for instance loss of biodiversity, cultural heritage or identity. To facilitate dialogue and to share existing knowledge we have launched an independent platform to address these and other examples of Non-economic Loss and Damage (NELD). The NELD platform was set up with the support of the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institute für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) for researchers, experts, ne...
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