CBA9: 9th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA9)
The 9th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to climate change (CBA9) took place in Nairobi, Kenya from 24-30 April, 2015, hosted by the government of Kenya.
The theme of the 2015 conference was 'Measuring and enhancing effective adaptation'. The event provided an opportunity to share the latest developments in community-based adaptation (CBA) with an international audience.
CBA9 concluded with the release of the Nairobi Declaration on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change, which stated the importance of addressing the needs and interests of the poorest and most vulnerable in international agreements on sustainable development, development finance and climate change.
IIED provided substantial coverage of the conference, including daily video updates by senior fellow Saleemul Huq. Full details of the coverage can be found below.
Daily CBA9 updates by IIED senior fellow Saleemul Huq
Full CBA9 coverage
- Download the Nairobi Declaration on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change
- A round-up, including participant views, experiences and photos, from the three days of pre-conference CBA9 field trips
- A summary, including opinions, videos and photos, from the four days of the conference
- Watch a playlist of video daily updates with IIED senior fellow Saleemul Huq
- View a playlist of videos of the speeches from the CBA9 opening ceremony
- Watch a playlist of interviews with the leaders of the sessions and other delegates during CBA9, reflecting on key messages and lessons learned
- View posters that featured in a 'poster marketplace' summarising projects related to the conference theme. You can see the featured posters on IIED's Flickr site
- Check the programme of events (PDF) to get more details on each session at the conference, and the identity of key speakers and panellists
- See a collection of images from the CBA9 conference and field trips
- Watch a playlist of a series of films shown in the participatory film session.
- Watch interviews with participants giving their feedback on the conference
- Read the CBA9 conference proceedings
CBA9 blogs and press releases
- Release: Global leaders must not neglect the world's poor and vulnerable
- Blog: Musings from a first timer at a CBA conference
- Blog: Slaughterhouse five
- Blog: A community of doers: celebrating the CBA conferences, and looking forward
- Release: The 9th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to climate change begins in Kenya
- Blog: Conflict resolution: a key part of adaptation in North Darfur
- Blog: How do we measure adaptation?
- Blog: IIED responds to IPCC climate change report
- Release: Save the date! 9th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA9)
Other CBA9 articles
- News, by SciDev.net: Low funding hampers Africa's climate change adaptation
- Blog, by Estibalitz Morras and Catherine Mungai: How can climate-smart agriculture enhance food security and community-based adaptation? CCAFS | IFAD
- Feature, by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network: Reflections on the 9th International Conference on Community-based Adaptation
- Blog, by Milcah Rajula and Bob Aston: CBA9 courting the needs of the vulnerable through climate change adaptation
- Blog, by Marie Chanoine: Measuring and enhancing effective adaption in Rwanda
- Blog, by Milcah Rajula and Bob Aston: Scaling up best practices during CBA9
- Blog, by Kathryn Werntz: Can the disabled become climate 'change agents'
- Blog, by Milcah Rajula and Bob Aston: Ecosystems and communities existence is symbiotic to CBA9
- Blog, by Kathryn Werntz: Solar panels for trees? Kenya barters to rebuild its forests
- Blog, by Milcah Rajula and Bob Aston: Finance funding a major component for effective CBA9 sustainability
- Blog, by Milcah Rajula and Bob Aston: Nairobi opens its doors to CBA9 conference
About the conference
The conference focus on measurement and effectiveness highlighted the fact that there are different ways of measuring the success of community-based adaptation. Participants reported on the latest research and project work from across different sectors and countries, and presentations showed that effective evaluation considers the perspective of both the donors and the recipients of adaptation funding.
The event was organised by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) and the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS).
It was hosted by the government of Kenya.
CBA was sponsored by Irish Aid; Practical Action; USAid; WWF; CARE; Federation of Community Forest Users, Nepal; Trust for Nature; Act!; UKaid; ClimDev-Africa; Ministry of Finance, Republic of Zambia; Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance; WaterAid; Practical Action; International Development Research Centre; Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia; UNDP; UNEP and Southern Voices.
About the programme
The CBA9 schedule began with a number of field visits to allow delegates to see local adaptation projects in action.
The formal conference programme began on the morning of 27 April. The opening session, featuring a distinguished panel of speakers from Africa, Asia and Europe, was chaired by IIED senior fellow Saleemul Huq.
Huq says: "Adaptation around the world, including Community-Based Adaptation (CBA), is moving from planning to implementation. With this shift well under way, we need to find ways to make adaptation more effective as well as more sophisticated ways to measure the impact of adaptation projects."