CBA16: putting the LLA principles into practice

Date: 3-4 October 2022
Where: Online
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A man walking through a field with a cow in India (Photo: Navaneeth Kishor via FlickrCC BY 2.0)

If your purpose is creating a world where all people are on a pathway to climate-resilient, low-emission sustainable development, and putting the principles for locally led adaptation into practice, then join us at the 16th International Conference on Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA16).

CBA16 brings together practitioners, grassroots representatives, local and national government planners, policymakers and donors working at all levels and scales to discuss how to put the principles for locally led adaptation (LLA) into practice.

CBA16 takes place online from 3-4 October 2022. The virtual agenda brings wider access to climate practitioners globally, reduces our carbon footprint and lowers our environmental impact. It creates interactive networking opportunities so participants gain more ideas, inspiration and connections for climate action at this pivotal moment in time.

This year, CBA takes place one month before the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27). The CBA community of practice and partners are well placed to channel the messages emerging from the conference directly to COP27 through our partnership with Development and Climate Days (D&C Days) and the Resilience Hub.

CBA16 tickets are now available. Secure your place at the world's leading practitioner-focused climate adaptation forum.

This year, CBA’s focus is on the principles for locally led adaptation (LLA). It’s a space for the adaptation community – especially supporters of LLA – to come together to share how to put the LLA principles into practice, recognising the complexities, innovations and challenges that must be overcome.

CBA16 puts the experiences and knowledge of local communities and adaptation practitioners at the centre, grounding discussions for supporters of LLA in the realities at the forefront of locally-led climate action.

The locally led adaptation principles call on donors, governments, civil society and the private sector to change the way adaptation and development is practised.

They were co-developed based on discussions with a wide range of adaptation actors and seek to align funding behind the knowledge and priorities of the people who are most vulnerable to climate change; partly because it's the right thing to do – but also because doing so leads to more efficient use of funds and resources. The LLA principles are about creating the conditions for local people to be in charge of their own needs.

CBA16 provides an interactive online platform for the global adaptation community of practice to come together to promote effective, locally-led climate action. Participants are welcome whether they are long-time grassroots activists and participants, international practitioners or local adapters new to international conferences.

Through knowledge sharing and influencing global processes and platforms for adaptation – including COP27 – CBA16 will ensure that the perspectives of people on the frontline are heard at the highest levels. The conference is a space to explore the importance and urgency of locally led adaptation and other burning issues.

Joining CBA16 

Register online to join.

You can register for CBA16 now. When the CBA16 online conference platform launches in September, you can connect and network with other participants, start discussions on the CBA16 pinboard and plan your agenda.

The week before the conference there will also be live networking opportunities through ‘meet-and-greets’. On 3 and 4 October 2022 the sessions will take place online at 9am, 12pm and 3pm (UK time) and you can join live through the conference platform or you can watch the recordings and contribute to the ongoing discussions online.

For more information on how to join, check out the registration page.

The agenda for CBA16 will be announced soon; sign up for updates to be the first one to find out.

About the CBA conferences 

The global CBA conferences are held each year to: 

  • Enable transformative outcomes through community-driven climate action 
  • Facilitate a space for innovation and interactivity to drive global ambition for a climate-resilient future, and 
  • Re-imagine solutions by sharing, learning, challenging assumptions and collaborating on good practices. 

Past CBA conferences have brought together leaders and experts from those working at grassroots level and in the international arena such as Saleemul Huq, director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD); Sonam P. Wangdi, former chair of the Least Developed Countries Group; Sheela Patel, former chair of Slum Dwellers International; Florah Ashihundu, community mobiliser at Shibuye Community Health Workers; Rosemary Atieno, chief executive officer and founder of Community Mobilization for Positive Empowerment; and Joshua Amponsem, executive director of Green Africa Youth Organisation.

The conference videos and presentations provide a valuable learning resource for practitioners and policymakers during and after the event to continue the conversation. See what happened at CBA15 in this YouTube playlist.

What makes the CBA conference different? 

It's the only one of its kind for practitioners

The conference prioritises the lived experience, evidence and perspectives of those working directly to deliver community-based climate adaptation, including community, research and local and national government representatives. 

It creates evidence that informs action

Donors and large adaptation programmes come to CBA to find out directly from the practitioners what works and what doesn’t. As Nathanial Matthews, CEO of the Global Resilience Partnership, said: “CBA is a central event for GRP. It provides us with a consolidated opportunity to collaborate with community leaders and to understand adaptation issues from a wide range of perspectives that informs the best use of our resources from policy through to practice." 

It puts community at the centre

CBA is the only adaptation conference that puts the lived experiences and knowledge of local people at the centre – creating a space that enables the voices of the most vulnerable to shape decisions about the future of adaptation.  

93% of attendees said that attending CBA15 improved their knowledge of what is effective in ensuring that climate change responses work for marginalised people. 

The CBA16 conference offers great conversations, networking and opportunities to engage in meaningful discussion through the meet-and-greets and two days of thematic sessions.

CBA14 and CBA15 hosted more than a week of a wide variety of online activities and after two years of being online we are redirecting some of those resources to develop other parts of the wider CBA programme of work, and come back stronger for an in-person CBA17.

We’re conducting a monitoring, evaluation and learning exercise looking at the impact of the last 15 conferences and this year’s participants have the chance to participate in this process to inform the future of CBA conferences. We are also fundraising and seeking new partners.

If you would like to become a supporter and join the CBA steering group, please get in touch with CBA programme manager Teresa Sarroca (

About the organisers

CBA16 is funded by the Climate Justice Resilience FundIrish Aid and IIED, and organised with co-hosts the Global Resilience Partnership, CARE, Practical Action and Green Africa Youth.

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