How to be heard at CBA9

Our four-day international conference on community-based adaptation to climate change starts today (27 April) in Nairobi, Kenya, and members of IIED's communication team will be on the ground throughout, keeping those unable to attend up to date and sharing the latest news and developments in community based adaptation.

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27 April 2015
A Maasai farmer watches farmers carry out afforestation (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

A Maasai farmer watches farmers carry out afforestation (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

Most importantly, we'd love you to get involved, by sharing your thoughts and ideas and posing questions to our community of CBA practitioners and representatives from civil society, the private sector, local, regional and international agencies, and governmental and non-governmental organisations. 

International audience

More than 400 participants from 90 countries have come together at CBA9 to discuss and share best practice on how to measure and enhance effective adaptation to climate change.   

Participants will report on the latest research and their project work from across different sectors and countries, highlighting the fact that there are different ways of measuring the success of community-based adaptation.

During the four days of the conference, participants will chose from over 24 different sessions including plenaries, parallel sessions, a poster marketplace and film screenings. From sessions on climate information services for effective adaptation to learning from situations when things don't go according to plan, the sessions will stimulate lively debates and raise challenging questions.

Along the corridors of CBA9 it is hoped the discussions will come up with shared ideas for future collaboration and action. But these plans won't have the value and impact the global community needs without the message getting to the right audience at the right time.

That's why the IIED communications team is here, to make sure the message gets heard on a global scale. Our team here is Liz Carlile, our director of communications; Matt Wright, web planning and content manager, and myself.

Get involved

If you're not in Nairobi, there are a number of ways you can keep up to date with what is happening, and most importantly contribute and get involved. Below are six easy ways for you to be part of the conversations happening over the next week. You can: 

  1. Follow live coverage of the conference sessions via @IIED and using the #CBA9 hashtag. You can also tweet us your questions and comments  to @IIED  that we will pose to panellists
  2. Keep an eye on what IIED's experts attending CBA9 have to say and get individual perspectives from their personal Twitter accounts
  3. Watch a round-up of each day's events with a video diary from IIED senior fellow Saleemul Huq. You can watch a preview from Huq, also the director of the International Center for Climate Change and Development (ICCAD)
  4. View the posters that will feature in the poster marketplace sessions of the conference. You can see the featured posters on IIED's Pinterest site (log-in required) or IIED's Flickr site
  5. Read a summary via Storify of the pre-conference field trips and
  6. Download related IIED publications and briefing papers from the publication pages of the IIED website. 

Hosted by the government of Kenya, the event is being organised by IIED, the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) and the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS).

Kate Wilson ( is attending CBA9 and is IIED's publications and marketing manager.

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