IIED and partners such as the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies created the CBA conferences to focus attention on the facts that adaptation to climate change will need to take place at a local level and that communities around the world have a rich store of knowledge of how to adapt.
What they lack are resources and supportive policies that enable them to make the most of their own knowledge and decision-making processes to take action.
The story so far…
Early CBA conferences focused on understanding the concept of community-based adaptation and then on sharing knowledge of how it can happen in varied sectors. As the CBA community grew, the conferences shifted attention to scaling up best practice, ensuring a scientific basis to action, communicating CBA and mainstreaming it into government plans and policies.
CBA8 will focus on finance to tackle issues such as how to ensure international finance can reach communities in need and how the private sector can support such communities. On the first point, Nepal is setting an example with a policy pledge that 80 per cent of international climate finance it receives will be spent at the community level.
Highlights from the last conference
Over 250 participants attended CBA7 in Dhaka, Bangladesh in April 2013, and many more took part virtually through a live blog which featured live web streamed video, comments and social media.