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.


CBA9 logoThe 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

CBA9 blogs and press releases

Other CBA9 articles

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."