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Parallel session 4.3: Adaptive social protection

A key lever for responding to climate-related loss and damage

This session was hosted by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Christian Bodewig, Practice Manager for Social Protection & Jobs for West and Central Africa, World Bank, gave a framing presentation and hosted the discussion between the following panelists:

In Berlin:

  • Naveed Akbar, Director General, NSER/CCT, Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), Pakistan
  • Sayanti Sengupta, Technical Advisor, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

In Bonn:

  • Jens Fugl, Member of Transitional Committee, Denmark
  • Rosa Perez, Member of Transitional Committee, Philippines

Loss and damage (L&D) from climate change can affect everyone. Yet, especially the poorest and most vulnerable parts of the population are affected because they do not have the resilience to bounce back from shocks or stressors. So far, the discussion concerning L&D funding arrangements (including a fund) has not focused much on the question of how to ensure that the vulnerable people within a country can be targeted and reached in a timely manner.

From this starting point, panelists discussed the role that adaptive social protection systems could play in the envisaged ‘mosaic of solutions’ for responding to L&D comprehensively and the implications this has in relation to the L&D funding arrangements (including a fund).

The session connected the climate community, present in Bonn for SB58, and the adaptive social protection community, present at the same time in Berlin at Global Forum on Adaptive Social Protection.

The following takeaways emerged from the discussion:

  • There was agreement across the two communities – social protection and climate – which this session connected: ASP can play a key role in the ‘mosaic of solutions’ to respond to climate-related loss and damages.
  • Using the adaptive social protection delivery system as a disbursement channel for L&D financing is a direct way to help the most vulnerable parts of the population prepare, cope, and adapt.
  • The prerequisite for adaptive social protection to serve this function are ex-ante investments in strengthening the delivery systems so that they can absorb and effectively disburse L&D financing. L&D financing arrangements could support this.

These two framing presentations were shared at the start of the discussion:

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