CBA14: From local solutions to global action

Join us online for the 14th International Conference on Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA14). It’s the chance to meet fellow practitioners, listen to local perspectives and share experiences of effective solutions for building resilience to climate change.

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COVID-19 has made this year like no other. CBA14 in 2020 will be very much the same and yet fundamentally different: we’re going fully digital.

The 2020 international conference on Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA14) will take place online from 22-24 September 2020, and during the weeks leading up to this event, our online CBA conference platform will create fantastic opportunities to meet and network with other practitioners, catch up on the latest ideas and hear about activities on the ground that are working to put people at the centre of adaptation.

Over three days in September there’ll be opportunities to build your capacity and skills, learn from others’ tools and approaches and present your own,  and join workshops and dialogues unpacking and delving into key issues. Perfect your project pitch in the Dragon’s Den or suggest a topic for an open space roundtable. We’re planning plenty of sessions and are looking to you, our diverse community of practice, to suggest the conversations and working solutions you would like to lead and share.

CBA14 is the only conference that focuses on community-based adaptation, putting the people most vulnerable to climate change at the centre of the conversation.

We’re calling on practitioners, community representatives, local and national government planners, policymakers and donors to come together. People committed to making change happen, ready to translate talk into action to achieve a climate-resilient future.  

How will it work?

A digital CBA14 doesn’t mean that you have to have state of the art equipment: you will be able to join the conference and participate through any laptop or a smartphone app.   

We’ve got a packed and exciting agenda. You can join conference sessions live, but if the time doesn’t work, you can download a recording and then contribute to the ongoing discussions online. The conference videos and presentations will provide a valuable learning resource for practitioners and policymakers alike. 

For networking, you can use the search tools and message boards to identify colleagues working on similar issues and connect with them directly on the platform. Having the conference online allows us to bring together a wider, more diverse group, and can make it easier for you to  contact the people you want to meet. 

We admit — taking the CBA magic online is an experiment! But we’re confident that CBA in 2020 will generate creative ways to interact  and learn,  provide a platform for the views of all participants, act as a testing ground for ideas and generate that familiar CBA buzz.  

Dates for your diary

21 July 2020 - Join us to set the stage
We know this is new, so we’re holding hosting an event, 'CBA14 - Setting the stage: from crisis to climate action', on 21 July 2020 to give you a flavour of what’s in store and to ignite the conversations that will shape CBA14. Read more about this innovative online event and register now.

June 30 - Carry on the conversation on weADAPT
We’re also opening the conversation to everyone through our CBA Network on the weADAPT platform. Find out more on how you can join the conversation

August-September – Say hello!
We’re creating the chance to meet up with and get to know a little bit more about fellow participants – virtually, of course. There’ll be online ‘meet and greet’ sessions for participants, starting in August with leading practitioners from our community and others.

15 September – CBA14: Opening plenary
Welcome to CBA14!

22-24 September – CBA14 conference 
Choose from a full and varied programme of sessions over three days. We’ll be releasing more details about the programme content on 7 July 2020.

The programme

CBA14 will focus on five key themes and will aim to address these questions: 

  1. Climate finance: how can public and private sector finance be accountably and transparently mobilised to scale up climate action, while remaining inclusive? 
  2. Adaptation technology: how can technology be used to bring about adaptation at national level, and be integrated through policy and finance?  
  3. Responsive policy: how can social movements inform policy that is ambitious enough to meet the Paris Agreement targets and improve climate adaptation for communities?
  4. Nature-based solutions: how can nature-based solutions be made to work for people, nature and climate?
  5. Youth stream: how can we transform our institutions so that they can take advantage of young people’s participation in delivering local level adaptation?

We want you to help design the programme for CBA14. You can submit proposals for sessions, skill shares or the marketplace and collaborate with other organisations to develop them.

CBA14 Virtual – why now?

The CBA community – and particularly community-based partners – has been clear that the messages that will be gathered at CBA14, derived from real practice and experience, are needed more than ever, to make sure that climate policy is based on local experience and local knowledge.

COVID-19 may have caused disruption in 2020, but climate change will cause even greater disruption in the years ahead – unless we spend time now exploring workable ways to adapt and build resilience.

It is essential that the perspectives of practitioners are heard at the upcoming Climate Adaptation Summit, the 18th Development and Climate Days, the UNFCCC COP26 and future Climate Action Weeks. CBA14 is committed to creating the space where those perspectives can be developed, amplified, and carried forward by our community of practitioners. 

What does it cost and how do I register?

We want to make CBA14 as inclusive as possible. We want to bring people together from all walks of life to share their lived experiences of climate challenges and community adaptation activities. 

To enable this to happen, we’ve created a sliding scale pricing scheme that addresses the expense of organising a major event, but also minimises the cost for as many people as possible. That means we are asking those who can to pay a little more, so that we can provide sponsorship for those who may not have the resources to attend. 

The sliding scale will start at £50 per person, going up to £200, and we are encouraging organisations to directly contribute to the CBA14 sponsorship programme by paying a solidarity fee of £300. 

We are also seeking conference partners who can contribute expertise, strategic thinking, publicity and funds. The ways to financially support the conference can be tailored to meet the needs of your organisation. To find out more, email CBA programme manager Teresa Sarroca (

In addition, we have reserved a third of available places for waivers. These are available to students, representatives of community-based organisations, small NGOs and local government officials based and working in the Global South who do not have support from international/global organisations, with a focus on women and young people. If you would like to apply for a waiver, please submit your application

No need this year to think about visas, accommodation and travel logistics. But do register early so you can secure your place. Registrations open 22 July 2020. 

CBA14 may be different but its values and spirit remain the same – join us!

About the organisers 

CBA14 is organised by CARE, the Climate Justice Resilience Fund, the Global Resilience Partnership, Irish Aid, Practical Action and IIED, in collaboration with BRAC.