Conference on community-based adaptation to climate change

10 November 2011

More than 300 climate change specialists from 60 countries gathered in Hanoi, Vietnam for the 6th Conference on Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change from 16-22 April. The meeting, organised by IIED and partners, included three days of visits to communities across Vietnam that are already adapting to climatic changes. The main conference that followed included sessions on agriculture, water, economics, disasters, and adaptation in urban communities.

Sharing knowledge about how communities are adapting to climate change is important so we can apply lessons learned to other contexts. The conference, based in Hanoi, Vietnam from 16-22 April, aimed to improve how we communicate about climate change adaptation. The meeting included ‘out-of-the-box’ sessions on subjects such as blogging, working with the media, and using games to communicate risk. In keeping with the theme, the conference broadcast live interviews online each day and uploaded 50 more interviews to YouTube. Delegates also wrote nearly 30 blog posts and produced nearly two thousand tweets, using the Twitter hashtag #CBA6. Browse content, including videos, in the live blog feed below, or read this blog of tweets and blogs from the event, or this news story for selected media coverage of the conference.

Live blog

Scribble live feed


The Sixth International Conference on Community-based Adaptation (CBA6) includes three days of field visits to projects to see how communities living in different ecosystems have adapted to climate change, and three and a half days of interactive discussions on different thematic areas in Hanoi.

Aims and objectives

The conference aims to:

  • bring together stakeholders and practitioners to share and discuss knowledge of community-based adaptation (CBA) planning and practices from different parts of the developing world, particularly from Vietnam,
  • capture the latest learning and good practices in CBA from developing countries
  • integrate lessons learned into national and international development programmes in order to ultimately enhance the capacity and improve the livelihoods for some of the most vulnerable groups in developing countries,
  • disseminate lessons learned at the Conference through daily communications, proceedings and an immediate conference summary.

Field trips: 16-18 April

All participants should arrive in country on 15 April in order to be able to participate in the field trips.

Participants will be divided into small groups (maximum 25 persons) and will visit a number of project sites across northern, southern, and central regions of the country that deal with issues such as storms, flooding, saltwater intrusion, sea level rise and drought.

Participants may choose to arrive at any of three international airports, depending on which field visits they would like to participate in:

  • NoiBai in Hanoi (for field trips to northern areas)
  • Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City (for visits in the Mekong Delta areas), or
  • Da nang (for project sites in the central provinces).

Communicating about community-based adaptation: 19 -22 April 2012

Communicating about how communities are adapting to climate change will be the conference's key theme. The conference will be held at the Melia road Hotel in Hanoi. Each day will consist of a plenary session and a number of parallel, interactive discussions relating to the following suggested thematic areas:

  • Communicating about climate change at global, regional, national, and local levels
  • Scaling up Community-based adaptation
  • Water resources
  • Biodiversity and forests
  • Urban areas
  • Coastal zones, drylands, drought prone areas, mountainous areas and floodplains
  • Food and agriculture
  • Human health
  • Disaster risk reduction/management
  • Gender equality and integration
  • Vulnerable communities (including indigenous people)
  • Monitoring, evaluation and tools
  • Economics
  • Climate change and adaptation: information, knowledge, education and awareness.


Funding for participants from developing countries is available for those whose abstracts are submitted on time and are selected for presentation. Abstracts should indicate which theme they will cover, be no longer than 200 words, indicate the full contact details of the author and state whether funding will be required.