CBA8: 8th conference on community-based adaptation to climate change

Over 400 participants from more than 60 countries attended IIED's 8th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to climate change (CBA8) in Kathmandu, Nepal, in April 2014. Hundreds more followed the event and interacted via live web streamed video, comments and social media.

The conference was formally opened by Nepal's Prime Minister, Sushil Koirala, who described climate change as "a defining issue of our time".

Koirala told the conference that Nepal had experienced a range of climate change-related events, including rapid melting of glaciers, shifting weather patterns and depreciation of water resources. These changes were exerting immense pressures on the lives and livelihoods of the poor.

He said Nepal's government was prioritising measures to tackle the effects of climate change, and emphasised the importance of building awareness of climate change and adaptive capacity at community level. 

The final day of CBA10 saw the launch of the Kathmandu Declaration on Financing Local Adaptation, which calls for a radical shift in flows of finance to ensure the most vulnerable communities can adapt to climate change.

This page brings together our coverage of three days of field trips and four days of conference sessions, including news, blogs, videos and social media coverage.

Daily video reports 

IIED senior fellow Saleemul Huq provided daily video updates from CBA8. You can watch these updates below, or on IIED's YouTube channel.

CBA8 coverage

IIED published daily briefings on events at CBA8, including highights, discussion and debate:

IIED's YouTube channel includes more than 200 photos. Participants were also invited to present their own short films about climate change adaptation – view the selected films on images from CBA8 on Flickr.

Photos and videos

We published a full report of the conference proceedings. To get a list of the sessions and speakers, you can check the conference programme

Mutual learning is a key part of the CBA conference series, and we interviewed both facilitators and delegates to find out what they learned from the event – you can watch a playlist of the interviews below. 

Related reading

Read more about community-based adaptation in this special issue of Participatory Learning and Action.