CLIPFIELD

Project funding by the ACRP

The Austrian Climate Research Program (ACRP) supports the 3-year project „CLIPFIELD - Investigating Climate Justice Preferences for Financing Instruments for Loss and Damage”.

Katharina Momsen and Robert Steiger (both from the University of Innsbruck, Department of Public Finance) and Gabriele Spilker (University of Salzburg, Political Science and Sociology) contribute to this project under the lead of Markus Ohndorf (University of Innsbruck, Department of Public Finance).

Complementing mitigation and adaptation, the need to address residual damages was established as a third pillar of the international climate policy framework via the concept of "Loss and Damage" (L&D). Yet, the interpretation of the term Loss and Damage was and continues to be subject to dispute between highly-at-risk countries of the global South (e.g. the members of the Alliance of Small Island States, AOSIS) and the industrialized nations, listed in Annex I of the UNFCCC. While developing countries demand a liability-based regime stipulating compensatory transfers for residual damages suffered, Annex I countries favor the interpretation of L&D as a mechanism promoting disaster risk management and insurance schemes in vulnerable countries

As any type of L&D scheme, be it insurance-based or compensatory, will involve monetary transfers from Annex I-countries to low-income developing countries, a successful implementation of L&D policies depends on the level of public support for such payments. The aim of the project is therefore to investigate the preferences of Austrian voters with respect to international L&D climate policy. Thus, the insights gained from the project are to contribute to Austria's positioning in international climate policy.

In a choice experiment with a representative sample of the Austrian electorate, the preferences for different L&D systems will be identified and potential trade-offs between payments for mitigation, adaptation and L&D will be explored. Furthermore, two incentivized lab experiments will be conducted to investigate the tendency to exploit moral wiggle room in this context via voters’ deliberate avoidance of information.

 

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