CBA10 side events

CBA10 will feature a range of side events alongside the main conference on community-based adaptation.

Article, 18 April 2016

A range of side events and even a parallel youth conference will take place in Dhaka to complement the 10th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA10) in Bangladesh from 21-28 April 2016.

To host or arrange an event to add to the list below, email [email protected].

Dinner and receptions

21 April: Field visit welcome and briefing dinner

Field visit participants should attend a briefing dinner on 21 April to officially check in, meet field hosts and other participants, and learn about the upcoming field visits.

25 April: Welcome anniversary and networking reception with pot song performance

We invite all participants to join us for an opening reception on the evening of 25 April at the conference venue to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the CBA conference.

The reception will begin with a pot gan performance: 'The lived experience of climate change: the story of one piece of land in Dhaka', by Joanne Jordan, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester and University of Dhaka. 

27 April: CBA10 closing dinner, hosted by BBC Media Action

BBC Media Action will host a closing dinner in Dhaka for all CBA10 participants. Further details will follow on this page. 

Side-events and meetings

25-27 April: Youth conference hosted by Plan International

The youth conference is a collaborative effort by ICCCAD, Bangladesh Youth Environmental Initiative (BYEI), Save The Children, Plan International, IIED, Water Aid, and the North South University. With the theme "Youth mobilization to enhance urban climate resilience', it will take place in parallel to the CBA conference. 

28 April (1pm): "I wish I had died…" 

What to do about cyclone disasters in Bangladesh, hosted by Terry Cannon, ISD at the conference venue after the closing session of CBA10.

Recent cyclones striking Bangladesh such as Sidr and Aila have fortunately had many fewer deaths than in the past. This may be explained by a number of factors. However, this means that tens or hundreds of thousands of people who might have perished in earlier years have now survived, and as the survivor quoted in the title suggests, survival is far from pleasant.

This meeting reports on recent research that has been analysing the effects of cyclones on livelihoods as well as lives. Is it possible to protect assets and livelihoods as well as lives, so that the survivors do not wish they had died? Under what conditions can assets be protected? And what are the prospects for maintaining existing livelihoods, or for people in cyclone areas to develop new livelihoods (that also might survive future cyclones)?

Cyclone severity is expected to increase with climate change, and so these questions are all the more urgent. And if assets and livelihoods cannot be protected, what should happen instead?

This meeting reports back on a small project that has involved collaboration between the Institute of Development Studies, ICCCAD and Vanderbilt University. Presenters will include Terry Cannon (IDS), Bishwawjit Mallick (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany) and Brooke Ackerly (Vanderbilt University).


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 participants arrive in Dhaka
25 April: Conference day one and opening reception 
26 April: Conference day two 
27 April: Conference day three and closing dinner hosted by BBC Media Action 
28 April: Conference closing sessions (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.


If you have any questions, or to add or host an event at CBA10, email [email protected].