Compensation a major issue in Doha

From Global development | The Guardian Mon Dec 3 2012, 06:30:29

US and Europe oppose idea that rich countries should pay for loss and damage caused in vulnerable areas

Kilafasru Kilafasru, from the island of Kosrae in Micronesia, helped build his island's first defensive sea wall in 1971. Fifteen years later he worked on a new, larger one because the water kept rising. And in 2004, a third wall had to be erected.

But the sea level continues to rise, and now it comes right up to the houses, which are flooded every year. So Kilafasru has just spent $500 on a new cement wall to protect his family.

Whether rich countries should compensate vulnerable communities like those on Kosrae, in the central Pacific, for the "loss and damage" caused by events linked to climate change has emerged as a major new issue for developing countries in the UN talks that have just entered their second week in Doha.

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