CBA9 highlights – day four

Article, 05 May 2015

The production of the Nairobi Declaration on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change was the headline news on the fourth and final day of the 9th International Community-Based Adaptation Conference (CBA9) in Nairobi on 30 April.

The CBA9 participants gather for a group photo on the final day of the conference, shortly after the Nairobi Declaration was announced (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

More than 400 participants from over 90 countries attended the event, which aimed to explore the latest developments in community-based adaptation, particularly with regards to measuring and enhancing effective adaptation.

The fourth day began with a lively debate between Irish Aid's Adrian Fitzgerald and Atiq Rahman on the subject of 'Whose measurement counts?' Fitzgerald and Rahman had very different views on whom monitoring and evaluation activities should ultimately serve, but there was also plenty of enjoyment in a session moderated by Pablo Suarez of the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre.

IIED senior fellow Saleemul Huq then took the stage to report on outcomes from the conference to participants, and group delegates also updated colleagues on their own outcomes. This included the Practical Action team pledging to work on technology justice as a lens to specify adaptation measurement, and particpants of the the climate information services session teaming up to produce a report.

Before a series of closing speeches to the conference, including one from His Excellency Joshua Irungu, the governor of Laikipia County, Kenya, Huq read out the Nairobi Declaration on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change, which states 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.

Finally, there was news of the 10th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation, which will take place in Dhakar, Bangladesh in April 2016. The theme of the conference will be 'Enhancing resilience of urban communities'. 

Video interviews with the leaders of each of the sessions on the second day will appear in the playlist at the bottom of this page and on our YouTube channel.

You can see a detailed round-up of the second day of the conference, including discussion and debate, views and videos of the delegates, published via Storify.

Further CBA9 coverage

Video interviews with session leaders and delegates

Further details of each individual session, and the planned discussions, are available by downloading the CBA9 programme.

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