CBA9: 9th conference on community-based adaptation to climate change

Event date: 24 April 2015 - 30 April 2015

CBA9Venue: Safari Park Hotel
Organisers: IIED, BCAS, ACTS
Host: Government of Kenya
City: Nairobi
Country: Kenya
Register/website: CBA9: 9th conference on community-based adaptation to climate change

Description:  Organised by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED),Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) and African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), this year’s conference theme is ‘Measuring and enhancing effective adaptation’.

CBA9 will begin with optional field visits scheduled for 24-26 April, followed by the conference at the Safari Park Hotel from 27-30 April. More information about the locations of the field visits, the conference and how to register to attend will be available on this page at a later date.

The CBA conference background

IIED and partners such as BCAS created the CBA conferences to highlight that effective adaptation to climate change takes place at community level.

A bottom-up approach to adaptation enables local knowledge and practices to be shared among communities, academics and project managers so that those most exposed to the impacts of climate change are better able to adapt.

Past CBA conferences have focused on scaling up best practice, ensuring a scientific basis to action, communicating and mainstreaming CBA, and ensuring adaptation funding reaches community level.

Last year, the 8th community-based adaptation to climate change conference (CBA8) took place in Nepal in April 2014 and the theme was Financing Local Adaptation.

More than 400 participants from more than 60 countries attended CBA8, during which the latest developments in community-based adaptation financing, planning and best practices were shared and the Kathmandu Declaration was launched, which saw delegates call for a radical shift in flows of finance to ensure the most vulnerable communities can adapt to climate change.

Aims and objectives of CBA9

CBA9 will highlight that there are different ways of measuring the success of community-based adaptation, and underline that effective evaluation considers the perspective of both the donor as well as recipients of adaptation funding.

“Adaptation around the world, including Community-Based Adaptation (CBA), is moving from planning to implementation,” says Dr Saleemul Huq, senior fellow at IIED. “With this shift well under way, we need to find ways to make adaptation more effective as well as more sophisticated ways to measure the impact of adaptation projects.”