CBA 15

Local solutions inspiring global action

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Online: 14-18 June 21

CBA15 is the only conference that foregrounds the experience and knowledge of those living and working on the front line of the climate crisis. This international event will explore the importance and urgency of locally led climate adaptation through five key themes:

Innovation for adaptation: How can we sustain community-led innovation and create partnerships to deliver and take this to scale?

Nature-based solutions: How can communities drive resilient food systems through nature-based solutions to climate change?

Youth inclusion: What needs to be done to create capability amongst young people so they have equal say in decision making amongst their communities?

Responsive policy: How do we ensure public policy globally prioritises locally-led action and locally-held knowledge?

Climate finance: What improved access to climate finance means to communities and what needs to be done to achieve the change we urgently need

What makes CBA15 different?

The conference brings together community members, grass roots development practitioners, researchers and local authority representatives.It prioritises perspectives and evidence from people on the ground, offering an international platform to share, learn, improve and scale up adaptation solutions that work.

By amplifying these voices, the conference highlights the importance of placing communities at the heart of solutions to climate change.

CBA15 offers a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding, build your contacts, and develop successful strategies and partnerships for a climate-resilient future.

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Where to find Practical Action?

 Practical Action project staff will share experience and results from climate adaptation projects delivered around the world. You can find us at the following thematic workshop sessions:

Tuesday 15th June:  8:00-10:00am (BST)  

Innovation for adaptation by urban communities: the transformative power of citizen led data

What is transformative about citizen-led data collection? What impact is it having? How can we use the lessons learned? This interactive session will explore how community-led data collection can increase their bargaining and negotiation power and build social cohesion. Prompted by examples from Practical Action (Kenya), Slum Dwellers International and the Huairou Commission, participants will take part in discussions on how data is collected and used by communities – the processes, transparency and ownership.

Tuesday 15th June: 12:00-14:00 (BST)

Putting communities in the driver’s seat of NbS for climate resilient food systems

Hosted by The Mountain Institute, ICCCAD and Practical Action (Peru), this session will explore how nature-based solutions (NbS) can deliver locally led adaptation, food and nutrition security. Through examples of community-led design, planning and implementation in different agroecological zones in Peru, Bangladesh and Ecuador, the case will be made for increasing the role of communities in decision-making, and working with eco-systems, not just farms.

Wednesday 16th June: 8:00-10:00am (BST)

Innovative community engagement with climate information services and early warning systems for flood resilience

This session will explore the constraints on effective uptake and impact of climate information, early warning and digital technology solutions, and how many of these can be solved by getting communities more engaged. It will look at examples of anticipatory action in Indonesia (Plan), and the use of manual and digital weatherboards in coastal Bangladesh (Practical Action). Participants will explore how linking climate information services and early warning systems with other services can improve uptake and impact.

Wednesday 16th June: 12:00-14:00 (BST)

How can we strengthen food and nutrition security through nature-based solutions by combining local, indigenous and scientific knowledge systems?

This session explores the use of local, indigenous and scientific information in developing nature-based solutions that deliver for local, resilient and high-quality food. It covers examples from Latin America, Africa and Asia, including Climate Field Schools facilitated by Practical Action in Nepal. Our example shows the importance of combining knowledge systems and building adaptive capacity in communities through experimentation – learning by doing.

Wednesday 16th June: 17:00-19:00 (BST)

Exploring how indigenous knowledge can drive innovation to deliver adaptation to climate change

This session will look at ancestral knowledge and spirituality. Exploring how indigenous knowledge can help drive innovation to deliver climate adaptation where it is needed. It will open with an example ritual from a member of the Pawanka Fund, followed by a practical example of indigenous knowledge in use from Zimbabwe (Practical Action), then other experiences of Pawanka Fund partners in Latin America. A graphic artist will capture the key messages helping to make the case for keeping and using ancestral knowledge.

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What will CBA15 offer you?

Last year, more than 500 people attended from 70 countries. Here are just some of the reasons to attend:

  • Hear first-hand from communities on the frontline of climate change
  • Learn about new practices and approaches and how they are being applied on the ground – in your own country and elsewhere
  • Connect with other practitioners, decision makers and donors
  • Find out how to support and empower communities and individuals
  • Strengthen links between those operating at local, national and global levels
  • Promote good practice and influence decisions to take it to scale
  • Build donor understanding of local issues, and where to direct future investment

How will we make CBA15 count?

Practical Action will be an official observer at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow this year.

We will use examples and research from CBA15 to work with negotiators from the Global South, to strengthen their arguments against those from big polluting nations, and to make the case for putting community-based adaptation at the forefront of the global response to climate change.

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