Save the date! 9th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA9)

News, 2 September 2014
The International Institute for Environment and Development is pleased to announce the dates for the 9th annual International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA9), which will take place in Nairobi, Kenya from 23-30 April, 2015.

A community-built elevated walkway that provides access during flooding in the Phlippines (Photo: David Dodman/IIED)

The theme of the conference is 'Measuring and enhancing the effectiveness of adaptation'. The draft programme and details of how to register for the event will be published soon.

CBA: the background

IIED and partners such as the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies 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.

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."

Highlights from the last conference

More than 400 participants from over 60 countries attended CBA8 in Kathmandu, Nepal, in April 2014, with hundreds more following the events and interacting via live web-streamed video, comments and social media.

The conference concluded with the launch of the Kathmandu Declaration on Financing Local Adaptation, which saw delegates call for a radical shift in flows of finance to ensure the most vulnerable communities can adapt to climate change.

For more information, see our conference highlights page, which includes comments, blogs, social media coverage and more, or watch interviews with conference speakers and participants.


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Notes to editors

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