6th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA6)

10 November 2011

More than 300 climate change specialists from 60 countries gathered in Hanoi, Vietnam for the 6th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA6) in April 2012.

CBA6 conference delegates visited an irrigation project in Thanh Hoa province (Photo: Mike Shanahan/IIED)

The conference theme was "Communicating about community-based adaptation", and the programme included sessions on key skills such as blogging, working with the media, and using participatory games to communicate about risk. 

For poor communities, adaptation approaches that are rooted in local knowledge, in which communities are empowered to take their own decisions, are likely to be more successful than "top-down" initiatives. 

Before the formal conference opened, delegates visited projects across Vietnam to see how communities living in different ecosystems have adapted to changes in climate and weather patterns. The delegates awarded a special "solidarity grant" of US$5,000 to a Save the Children project working with ethnic minorities in northern Vietnam which focused on child-centred disaster risk reduction.

Communications theme

The opening session of the conference featured a video address from Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UNFCCC, as well as introductory remarks from Margareta Wahlstrom, the special representative of the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Many of the speakers emphasised communications skills. In a session entitled "From the front lines to the newspaper's front page" practitioners learned how to develop climate change stories to pitch to news editors. 

Pablo Suarez of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre facilitated an interactive session on participatory games. Other sessions looked at photo storytelling, participatory video and 3D modelling. A hands-on blog writing session was covered extensively on Twitter and a Storify round-up was created by Lucia Nass

In keeping with the communications theme, the conference organisers broadcast live interviews online each day, and delegates wrote nearly 30 blog posts and produced nearly 2,000 tweets.

Conference materials

IIED published numerous blog posts from the conference:

You can read about the conference as it happened via the live blog feeds 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

In a video interview, Saleemul Huq, a senior fellow in IIED's Climate Change Group, talks about planning for the event.

CBA6 was organised by the IIED, Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) and the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS).