FOREWORD | Dr. Saleemul Huq

In the face of our changing climate, where the most vulnerable amongst us bear the brunt of its impacts, the concept of loss and damage has emerged as a defining challenge of our times. It is in this context hat Dr. Saleemul Huq’s profound insights and unwavering commitment shine brightly, illuminating a path forward in our collective struggle against climate change-induced loss and damage.

In the pages that follow, each of the authors masterfully navigates the intricate landscape of loss and damage, and majority of them have been inspired by Dr. Saleemul Huq. His deep understanding of the issues at hand is evident, as is his passion for social and environmental justice. Each and every idea resonates with a sense of urgency, reminding us that behind every data point, every graph, and every policy debate, here are real people- whose lives are irrevocably altered by climate change.

Through his pioneering work, he has demonstrated that solutions to loss and damage are not confined to academic papers or conference rooms. Instead, they must be rooted in the realities of the communities most affected. Dr. Huq’s emphasis on community-driven approaches, participatory decision-making, and the empowerment of vulnerable populations provides a roadmap for meaningful, sustainable change.

In the realm of climate change discourse, Dr. Saleemul Huq stands as a guiding light, illuminating the path toward a more just, equitable, and sustainable future. His wisdom, his dedication, and his unyielding belief in the power of collective action serve as a beacon of hope in our quest to mitigate the impacts of climate change and build resilient communities.

As we mourn the loss of this extraordinary human being, let us also celebrate his life, his work, and the enduring impact he has left on the world. Dr. Saleemul Huq’s legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of all those he inspired. It is now our responsibility to carry forward his vision, to continue the fight for climate justice, and to honor his memory through our actions.

Authors: ICCCAD Loss and Damage Team