The 11th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA11)

The 11th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA11) will focus on harnessing natural resources and ecosystems for adaptation.

The foothills of Uganda's Rwenzori Mountains (Photo: Els Lecoutere, IOB, University of Antwerp, Creative Commons via Flickr)

The 11th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA11) to climate change will take place in Kampala, Uganda from 26-29 June 2017. Field visits accompanying the conference will take place in various parts of Uganda from 22-25 June. 

Community-based adaptation to climate change (CBA) focuses on empowering communities to use their own knowledge and decision-making processes to take action on climate change. CBA11 will provide an opportunity to review the latest developments in CBA practice, policy and theory with participants from around the world.

This year's conference theme aims to highlight the benefits and challenges of using natural resources and ecosystems as part of adaptation work.

The conference, which begins in Kampala on 26 June, is designed for practitioners, policymakers, planners and donors working on community-based adaptation at all levels and scales. The event will enhance the capacity of stakeholders to work together to improve the livelihoods of those most vulnerable to climate change.

The formal conference will feature plenary and parallel interactive sessions, hands-on learning opportunities, group discussions, high-level speaker panels, video competitions, poster presentations and more.

Ahead of the conference, from 22-25 June, delegates will have the opportunity to take part in field visits to community adaptation projects located in a variety of ecosystems in Uganda. Registrations for the field visits must be completed by 31 May. The locations of the field visits are currently being shortlisted and details will be released in early June.

A draft programme (PDF) can be downloaded showing details of each session and the planned speakers. A CBA11 postcard (PDF) can also be downloaded.

On 28-29 June, a youth conference will run parallel to the main CBA11 conference. This will focus on 'enhancing the ability of youth to build ecosystem resilience', and will examine ways to  incorporate the ideas and innovations of youth in the policy recommendation on community-based adaptation to climate change. The conference is expected to play a vital role in building a stronger network among youth participants and sharing their knowledge and ideas.

How to register

To register for CBA11, follow the link to our registration page on the event booking platform Eventbrite before 31 May.

Eventbrite - 11th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA11)

Spaces fill up quickly, so we encourage you to register early in order to secure your place. Field trip registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until 31 May, and you can ensure you receive the latest updates by signing up to alerts about CBA11.  

Once you have registered, the CBA team will send you regular email updates, including information about the venue and accommodation, guidance on travel and visa processes, as well as news and programme updates.

Registered delegates will also be asked if they are interested in presenting a poster or film on CBA at the conference, or whether they would like to be a panellist or discussant. If you have any questions about the conference or registration, email

Connect with participants

CBA11 is part of a conversation: there are a range of opportunities to connect with participants and speakers before the conference:

The 2017 conference will be hosted by the Government of Uganda. It is being organised by IIED, the International Centre on Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), the Makerere University Centre for Climate Change Research and Innovations (MAK) and the Uganda Ministry of Water and Environment. The youth conference is being organised by MAK with support from IIED, MWE and ICCCAD.

This year CBA11 will combine with the Regional National Adaptation Plan Expo. In parallel sessions, participants will have the opportunity to discuss how to strengthen considerations regarding vulnerable communities, groups and ecosystems under the process to formulate and implement National Adaptation Plans.

Previous conferences

The 10th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA10) was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The conference theme was 'enhancing urban community resilience'. The International University of Bangladesh (IUB) campus hosted the event, and more than 300 participants from around the world took part.

CBA10 concluded with a call for governments, NGOs and infrastructure investors to work with urban community federations to mainstream and finance local adaptation.

Find out more about previous CBA conferences.


If you have any questions about the conference or registration, email