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

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

See complete coverage from CBA11, ranging from daily round-ups and videos of the conference, to poster and photos collections 

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 provided an opportunity to review the latest developments in CBA practice, policy and theory with participants from around the world.

This year's conference highlighted the benefits and challenges of using natural resources and ecosystems as part of adaptation work.

The conference was designed for practitioners, policymakers, planners and donors working on community-based adaptation at all levels and scales. The event enhanced the capacity of stakeholders to work together to improve the livelihoods of those most vulnerable to climate change.

The formal conference featured 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, delegates took part in field visits to community adaptation projects located in a variety of ecosystems in Uganda.

  • A programme (PDF) can also be downloaded showing details of each session and the speakers. 

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

Coverage from CBA11

Connect with participants

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

  • Join the CBA LinkedIn group to connect with other participants, join discussions and share details of your organisation's work, and
  • Follow and tweet #CBA11 and connect with the organisers on Twitter via @IIED, @ICCCAD and @MakerereU.

The 2017 conference was hosted by the Government of Uganda. It was 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 was organised by MAK with support from IIED, MWE and ICCCAD.

This year CBA11 combined with the UNFCCC Regional National Adaptation Plan Expo. In parallel sessions, participants had 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.


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