CBA14 Setting the stage: from crisis to climate action

Date: Tuesday, 21 July 2020
Time: 11am-12:30pm BST (GMT+1)
Where: Online, via Zoom
A young man looking at a mangrove seedling

Community members restore mangrove forests in the Philippines. Mangroves are biodiversity hotspots and help climate change adaptation by shielding coastal communities from storms and sea level rise (Photo: Bobby Timonera/USAID via Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0)

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced communities to adapt quickly. What can we learn from their experience that can inform community-led adaptation in the future?

The annual International Conference on Community-based Adaptation (CBA) puts practitioners’ solutions to climate change first. The 14th conference will take place online in September. Ahead of that event, IIED and partners are hosting an online event to ignite discussion, and showcase CBA’s themes and interactive, participatory approach to online events.

This session will focus on what we can learn from community-led responses to COVID-19 and how it can shape future climate action.

Cartoons to raise questions and trigger discussions

This participatory online event will use the humour and creativity of cartoons to explore how we can learn from the pandemic to inform community-based adaptation efforts. Cartoons use humour to ask challenging questions about sensitive issues, building bridges between people in the process. We will have brief presentations from practitioners; these will inspire a series of cartoons that we will use to trigger group discussions to explore the issues in depth and distil learning.

Cartoons can challenge us to explore issues in new ways, and they’re also a great way of building conversations and rapport with people from diverse backgrounds. This session will combine cartoons and the lenses of the CBA14 conference themes – youth, nature-based solutions, climate finance, adaptation technology and responsive policy – to share our collective knowledge and identify lessons for climate resilience building across these five critical themes. Like CBA14, our focus will be on the local solutions that can inspire global action, articulating how context and local understanding is key to equitable emergency, crisis/climate change responses. 

We will use an interactive and discussion-based format to identify the emerging lessons and  community perspectives that can inform practical ways forward for adaptation as well as the climate policy landscape of 2021, including the Climate Adaptation Summit and COP26. 

Crucial questions

The CBA14 themes offer us a lens to explore how the complex and nuanced learning from the last six months should shape the future of community-based adaptation. We will shape discussions around the following crucial questions:

  • Climate finance: The financial world has been turned upside down by the pandemic. What does this mean for scaling up climate action, while remaining inclusive?  
  • Adaptation technology: How can technologies help adaptation to the pandemic and climate change for people and communities to protect themselves and their livelihoods?
  • Responsive policy: How have grassroots movements addressed the COVID-19 issue with their local institutions and authorities, and what does this tell us about mobilising responses from the local authorities?
  • Nature-based solutions: How have community-led NbS helped local communities to cope better with and recover quicker from COVID-19? What can we learn for devising COVID-19 building-back-better policies? 
  • Youth: How have young people been part of rapid solutions, and has this changed their role in shaping the future of adaptation? 

This session will not be a webinar or a panel. This session will offer a taste of the interactive, innovative online space we hope to create at CBA14, while offering the opportunity to build connections ahead of our main conference in September.

How to attend

This is an online workshop that people can attend via the internet from their desk or portable internet device.

This workshop will use the Zoom video conferencing platform. For those who have not attended a Zoom workshop before, please read this guide to how to join and participate as an attendee.

The event will be recorded to be distributed publicly afterwards. By registering for this event, you agree to give your consent for this.

About the organisers

This event is co-hosted by Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, Practical Action, Huairou Commission, Green Africa Youth, IUCN NL, Climate Justice Resilience Fund, CARE, Global Resilience Partnership, Environmental Management for Livelihood Improvement Bwaise Facility and IIED.


Karin Pointner (, CBA14 event manager