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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