Call for case studies on the non-economic impact of loss and damage

IIED is inviting individuals, civil society organisations, local people and researchers to share photographic, video and written short case studies about the non-economic impact of loss and damage in countries vulnerable to climate change. Closing date for abstracts: 28 February 2023.

Article, 02 February 2023
Woman carries a bucket on her head on a flooded road

After days of continuous rains, parts of Haiti's north, including Cap Haïtien, suffered serious flooding, leaving more than a dozen dead and thousands homeless (Photo: UN Photo/Logan Abassi, via FlickrCC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Interested applicants have until 28 February 2023 to submit short abstracts of case studies they consider provide a compelling illustration of the impact loss and damage caused by climate change has had on, for example, their culture, language and sense of identity.

We are looking for stories from the least developed countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and other actors from climate-vulnerable developing countries.

In partnership with the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), IIED wants to tackle current policy bottlenecks on loss and damage, and leverage evidence, particularly around this less well-known area, to influence policy action ahead of the UN climate negotiations in December 2023 (COP28). 

Focus: the impact of non-economic loss and damage on people and communities 

There are three kinds of case study in this call:

Written case studies: for civil society organisations, local experts, researchers and NGOs to share case studies based on primary data and local knowledge to provide grounded evidence from communities or countries of the non-economic loss and damage caused by climate change and affecting people’s lives.  

This is the opportunity to explain the value attached to those losses and damages, the impact, how that impact can be dealt with and what support would be needed for that to happen.

Photo case studies and video case studies: for civil society organisations, researchers, NGOS and passionate individuals to showcase the impact of non-economic loss and damage through short videos or photostories.

These case studies could be about the impact non-economic loss and damage has had on the person submitting it, or could be related to a group, community or region. 

Please submit your short concept for development of a written case study or photo or video case study in one of the following categories of non-economic loss and damage:  

  • Loss of cultural heritage 
  • Loss of quality of life (shelter, food, health, skills, education) 
  • Mental and physical health impacts 
  • Social disruption (migration and displacement), or 
  • Loss of ecosystems and biodiversity. 

Some case studies may seem to cover more than one of the categories defined above. In such circumstances, please submit your case study in the category where the non-economic loss and damage seems most substantive.

The written case studies will be published as a collection to inform policy debates on loss and damage at COP28 in December 2023. The videos and case studies will be published on the IIED website and used to raise awareness of the impact of non-economic loss and damage as well as to inform policy debates before COP28.

To submit a case study  

Case study abstracts should be sent by email to Benedicte Piton ( including ‘L&D video and photo case study concept submission’ or ‘L&D case study concept submission’ in the subject line.

More information, the format and full submission process for each type of case study is detailed in the corresponding abstract submission form below:

The deadline for submissions is 28 February 2023.


For further details on the loss and damage project, email Ritu Bharadwaj (, senior researcher in IIED’s Climate Change research group.

For further enquiries on the case study submission process and format, email Benedicte Piton (