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.

A row of women and men sit at a table looking out at an audience.

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

CBA8 logoKoirala 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 round-ups of events at CBA8, including highights, discussion and debate:

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 above. 

Further CBA8 coverage

Conference partners

Hosted by the government of Nepal, CBA8 was organised by IIED, Clean Energy Nepal and the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS).

It was sponsored by National Trust for Nature ConservationCAREFederation of Community Forest UsersUSaid and WWF. Conference partners were LEADCAREClimate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)UNEPWorld VisionUNICEFUKaidActionAidPlan InternationalSave the ChildrenRockefeller FoundationChristian AidOxfam InternationalIrish AidIFADSouthern Voices on Climate ChangeWorld Resources InstituteMulti Stakeholder Forestry Programme.

Previous CBA conferences

IIED and its partners have organised a series of international conferences to enable practitioners, governments and donors to share latest developments and best practice.