CBA10: event information

Article, 24 April 2016

Everything you need to know about the 10th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation: what, where, when and why.

An image showing Salma, a member of a Eco-Friendly Child Club in Dhaka, pointing to paintings on the wall showing images of climate change. The children helped pressure authorities to clean a nearby canal (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

The International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA10) will celebrate its 10th anniversary when it takes place in 2016, from 21-28 April in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Registrations have now closed, but anyone interested can follow the conference online in a variety of ways.

The theme of the conference, which is in association with the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), and the Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB), will be 'Enhancing urban community resilience'.

CBA10 aims to share and consolidate the latest developments in community-based adaptation practices, policy and theory across sectors globally. It aims to strengthen the existing network of practitioners, policymakers, planners and donors working on all levels of community-based adaptation, and enhance the capacity of practitioners, governments and donors to help improve the livelihoods of those most vulnerable to climate change.

IIED senior fellow Saleemul Huq said: "In 2016 we will look back over 10 years of CBA conferences for a retrospective evaluation. Over the years CBA conferences have focused on rural communities but, as half of the population is now urban, we have chosen 'enhancing urban community resilience' as the theme of CBA10".

Keynote speakers

Confirmed speakers in the high level sessions include:

  • Prof. David Satterthwaite, senior fellow, Human Settlements Group, IIED
  • Dr Andrew Norton, director, IIED
  • Prof. Omar Rahman, vice chancellor, Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB)


The CBA10 conference will begin on the morning of 25 April. The three-and-a-half-day conference will include plenary and parallel interactive sessions, hands-on learning approaches, group discussions, high-level speaker panels, video competitions, poster presentations and more. The conference will close at midday on 28 April.

The outline CBA10 programme is available to download (PDF). Once you have registered we will send you further help and guidance on travel, accommodation and visa processes.

Dinners and side events

We invite all participants to join us for an opening dinner on 25 April to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the CBA conference. Get full details of this dinner and other side events and the youth conference at CBA10.


21 April: Field visit participants arrive in Dhaka for welcome and briefing dinner
22 April: Field visits depart to field sites for day one
23 April: Field visits depart to field sites for day two
24 April: Field visits depart to field sites for day three and return/conference-only participants arrive in Dhaka
25 April: Conference day one and opening dinner 
26 April: Conference day two
27 April: Conference day three and closing dinner hosted by BBC Media Action
28 April: Conference closing sessions (conference ends at midday).

If attending a field visit you should arrive in Dhaka on or before 21 April. If attending the conference only you should arrive in Dhaka on or before 24 April.


Registrations are no longer available for CBA10. The CBA team will send regular email updates, including logistics information, guidance, news and programme updates to those who have registered. You can also follow the conference online in a variety of ways.

Whether you have registered or not, you can join IIED's LinkedIn group on community-based adaptation, and share your views, experience and knowledge on exploring the challenges and opportunities of CBA with fellow practitioners, policymakers, researchers, funders and communities at risk.

Travel and accommodation

Once you have registered we will provide details of the CBA10 venue, local hotels and transportation. A number of hotels have agreed to hold rooms until the end of March so CBA10 delegates can book with ease and receive significant discounts on room rates. Once registered you will receive contact details and rates to make your booking and arrange your free transfer from the airport.

Presenting work at CBA10

Upon registration you will be asked if you are interested in presenting work at the conference or being a discussant/panellist. You will be asked to give a short description of your work – whether a poster, film, abstract or topic for discussion – and CBA10 programme coordinators will be in touch later for more details.

The CBA10 poster guidelines are available to download, while a playlist of the CBA9 films and CBA9 posters are available to view from last year.

Refunds and cancellations

Detailed information on CBA10's refund and cancellation policy can be found on the Eventbrite registration page.


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

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