What happened at CBA14

Event date: Monday, 21 September, 2020 - 12:00 Location: On line event

COVID-19 has made this year like no other. The 14th International Conference on Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA14) in 2020 was very much the same and yet fundamentally different: it went fully digital.

CBA14 took place online from 21-25 September 2020, and during the weeks beforehand our online CBA conference platform created fantastic opportunities to meet and network with other practitioners, catch up on the latest ideas and hear about activities on the ground that are working to put people at the centre of adaptation.

Over five days in September, there were opportunities to build your capacity and skills, learn from others’ tools and approaches and present your own, and join workshops and dialogues unpacking and delving into key issues. There were plenty of sessions, many of which were suggested by our diverse community of practice.

CBA14 is the only conference that focuses on community-based adaptation, putting the people most vulnerable to climate change at the centre of the conversation: the practitioners, community representatives, local and national government planners, researchers, policymakers and donors. People committed to making change happen, ready to translate talk into action to achieve a climate-resilient future.  

CBA brings together the CBA community that is collectively seeking to reimagine solutions that enable transformative outcomes, through the agency of communities driving climate action. It provides an innovative and interactive space that enables the network to drive global ambition for a climate resilient future through:

  • Inclusive, gender-transformative and meaningful engagement
  • Sharing and collaborating around good practice and challenging assumptions
  • Drawing on evidence to inform the scalability of effective approaches, and
  • Influencing and shaping decision making processes.

The key messages from the conference were summarised in a blog by Sam Greene, while a short report on the knowledge and experiences from the event is available to download

The full video recordings of all the sessions from CBA14 can be found a playlist on IIED's YouTube channel.