CBA18 scheduled for May 2024 in Arusha, Tanzania

Registration is now open for the 18th International Conference on Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA18), taking place in Tanzania in May.

News, 13 February 2024
Two women walk along a road beside green undergrowth and fields, with a mountain in the background entering the clouds.

Mount Meru towers over Arusha in Tanzania (Photo: ssilberman, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0 DEED)

The 18th International Conference on Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA18) will take place in Arusha, Tanzania, from 6-9 May 2024 promising four exciting days of discussion on how to drive ambition for a climate-resilient future. 

Transformative change is built on strong networks and connections between diverse people. The CBA conference series aims to bring together a community of practitioners and other key stakeholders, collectively seeking to reimagine solutions that enable transformative outcomes through the agency, knowledge and skills of local communities.

Through discussion, debate, ‘skill-shares’ and knowledge exchange, CBA is a space for the adaptation community to share and co-create learning on community-based and locally led adaptation systems.

What will we be talking about at CBA18?

This year we invite participants to think critically and creatively on how to ‘decolonise climate action’ and promote ‘locally-led innovation and adaptation’.  These are important intersecting issues that the CBA18 agenda will explore through creative and innovative formats. The first draft of the agenda will be shared in early April.

  • For more information and to see the agenda take shape, see our CBA18 website.

Returning to CBA this year

After a seven-year hiatus, we’re delighted to announce that our much-loved field trips are back! More information will follow over the coming weeks.

What participants say about CBA

In feedback surveys, participants overwhelmingly say they attend CBA to meet and connect with others in the CBA community of practice, with over 80% reporting they were able to learn from others doing similar work and/or learn new and innovative practices.

One CBA17 participant left a note: “A perfect place to interact and engage and to raise issues which might be missing from the table in a positive manner.”

CBA17 helped us understand the importance of using the same language among stakeholders. We should walk the talk, not just talk the talk.

Yugijo Daud

This was the first in-person CBA I was attending. I came to support the skill-shares and thought I was coming to "give". I received so much learning, made some important connections and even developed a business proposal in just one afternoon! What an amazing conference it has been.

Jenninah Kabiswa

CBA is a place where I found evidence of adaptation solutions and ways to replicate those in my community. It sharpens our understanding and encourages us to bring better for the community.

Palash Sarker, CCDB, Bangladesh

About the organisers

CBA18 is co-hosted by Tanzania People & Wildlife and is recognised by and receives the support of the government of Tanzania.

It is organised and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationCARE, the Climate Justice Resilience Fund, the International Institute for Environment and Development, the Global Resilience Partnership, the Green Africa Youth Organisation and Practical Action, in collaboration with ACTADE, Africa Youth Initiative on Climate Change, International Institute for Sustainable Development, the National Adaptation Plan Global Network and Tebtebba Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education.

If you’d like to become a CBA partner, please get in touch with Teresa Sarroca via [email protected].