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CBA9: the 9th conference on community-based adaptation to climate change

CBA9 took place in Nairobi, Kenya from 24-30 April, 2015. Organized by IIED and co-sponsored by Practical Action, the conference brought together development practitioners to discuss current challenges and opportunities facing community-based adaptation to climate change. The theme was ‘Measuring and Enhancing Community-Based Adaptation’.

CBA9 blogs

What is Practical Action doing?

Climate change will affect all the communities that Practical Action works with and for. Around the world, from the Amazonian rainforest in Peru to the arid pastureland of North Darfur, Practical Action works with smallholder farmers and communities to improve access to, innovation and sustainable use of technologies that support them to cope with the realities of climate change.

We have learnt many lessons about this new and evolving area of development. In particular, our experience has taught us that adaptation must focus on strengthening communities from the bottom up and build on local strategies for coping with climate change. Resource poor people are not passive, they are already using strategies to adapt and have extensive knowledge of local climate conditions.

Practical Action sent representatives from Bangladesh, Nepal, Peru, the UK, Sudan and Zimbabwe to CBA9 to share what we know and take the opportunity to learn from other practitioners. You can find out more about our specific events below.

Our position on adaptation

We seek transformational change in the way in which adaptation to climate change is financed and implemented. We believe that in order to be successful, community-based adaptation must be about systems change. It needs to be participatory, inclusive, and iterative, and maintain adaptive capacity for marginalised actors. This means:

  • Adaptation funding must be targeted to benefit the poorest and those who will find it hardest to adapt
  • Community-based adaptation must integrate both scientific and indigenous knowledge
  • Communities must be re-engaged in analysis, planning, and innovation
  • All actors – government, civil society, private sector – must recognise that technology choices are not neutral and have consequences for adaptive capacity, inclusivity, and sustainability
  • We need to re-vision private sector involvement and support the creation of mutually beneficial relationships
  • We must recognise the gendered impacts of climate change, and the additional burden that will be placed on women and girls
  • If Climate Smart Agriculture is to be beneficial for smallholder farmers in developing countries, it must improve adaptive capacity, and maintain the natural resource base upon which livelihoods depend
     

Summary of speakers at CBA9

Poster sessions

Name

Date/Time

Session/Place

Topic

Henry Muchedzi

28th April, 4.30pm – 6.00pm

Plenary Session 14: Poster Market Place (Room: Jambo)

Mainstreaming the use of climatic data by smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe

Dinanath Bhandari

29th April, 11.15am – 12.45pm

Parallel ‘out-of-the-box’ Session 18: Climate Information Services for Effective CBA

Adaptation decision-making tools

Mohamed Siddig Suliman

 

29th April, 4.30pm - 6.00pm

Plenary Session 22: Poster Market Place (Room: Jambo)

Community-based conflict reduction and peace-building in Kebkabiya, North Darfur

Regianld Sithole

29th April, 4.30pm - 6.00pm

Plenary Session 22: Poster Market Place (Room: Jambo)

Mainstreaming Livelihood Centred Disaster Risk Reduction (LCDRR) in Zimbabwe

Roberto Montero

29th April, 4.30pm - 6.00pm

Plenary Session 22: Poster Market Place (Room: Jambo)

Transforming smallholder-private sector relationships to take agro-ecological community-based adaptation to scale: agroforestry coffee systems in Peru

Sazzad Hossain Miah

29th April, 4.30pm - 6.00pm

Plenary Session 22: Poster Market Place (Room: Jambo)

Site selection for effective monitoring and evaluation of adaptation in Bangladesh: from vulnerability to resilience (V2R+)

Sujan Piya

29th April, 4.30pm - 6.00pm

Plenary Session 22: Poster Market Place (Room: Jambo)

Improved monitoring and evaluation for continuous learning and adaptation of vulnerable groups in South Asia

Interactive sessions

Name

Date/Time

Session/Place

Topic

Chris Henderson

28th April, 2.15pm – 3.45pm

Parallel session 11: Monitoring and scaling up Climate-Smart Agriculture practices for enhanced Food Security and CBA
(Room: Jambo section Tsavo)

CSA experiences and approaches, including tools and frameworks for measuring and enhancing food security for CBA

Colin McQuistan
(chairing and speaking)

28th April, 2.15pm – 3.45pm

Parallel Session 12: Role of the Private Sector in Enhancing CBA
(Room: Jambo half)

Zurich alliance, challenge of risk financing and insurance, what info needed to better understand risk transfer so that it works for poorest and most marginalised

Henry Muchedzi
(facilitating)

27th April, 2.30pm – 4.00pm

Parallel Session 3: Climate Information Services for Effective Adaptation
(Room: Jambo half)

What are the common capacity needs, issues and concerns across the climate information value chain actors? How may capacity building strategies be continually adapted using emerging learning?

Mohamed Siddig Suliman, and Reginald Sithole
(joint presentation and round table discussion)

28th April, 11.15am – 12.45pm

Parallel Session 9: Government Monitoring and Evaluation of CBA
(Room: Jambo half)

Community participation in government M&E systems

Sujan Piya
(panel discussion)

27th April, 2.30pm – 4.00pm

Parallel Session 4: Gender and Vulnerable Groups
(Room: Jambo half)

How we can ensure the voices of the most vulnerable are included in program implementation (to enhance adaptation efforts) and in M&E (to ensure we measure them)

Roberto Montero

28th April, 2.15pm – 3.45pm

Parallel session 11: Monitoring and scaling up Climate-Smart Agriculture practices for enhanced Food Security and CBA
(Room: Jambo section Tsavo)

How CSA has been used to improve CBA in Peru – the San Martin Agroforestry Coffee project

Sazzad Hossain Miah

29th April, 2.15pm – 3.45pm

Parallel session 20: Do you have the M&E ‘Wow-Factor’? Innovation in the Monitoring and Evaluation of CBA

Innovative approaches to monitoring and evaluation of CBA

Dinanath Bhandari
(facilitating)

27th April, 2.30pm – 4.00pm

Parallel Session 3: Climate Information Services for Effective Adaptation
(Room: Jambo half)

Financing the transition and beyond

Lili Ilieva

29th April, 9.00am – 10.30am

Evaluating Ecosystems-based Adaptation Effectiveness
(Room: Jambo)

How EBA projects can be evaluated and up-scaled

All of our team were available for interview and blogging during the conference. Our key messages for the conference are laid out in this introductory blog.

To organise an interview email or phone either Andrew Heath on (+44) 1926 634552 or (+44) 7800 884267 or Diana Ngaira (+254) 720747813. Andrew is based in the UK, Diana is based in Nairobi.

Conflict resolution: a key part of adaptation in North Darfur

As CBA9 got under way in Nairobi, Kenya, Jodi Sugden from Practical Action highlighted for IIED how work on conflict resolution is a key part of the adaptation process.

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