The 11th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation

The foothills of the Rwenzori mountains have a cool tropical climate that allows smallholder farmers to grow Arabica coffee.

Els Lecoutere / IOB, University of Antwerp

Event date:
June 26, 2017 to June 29, 2017
CBA11 venue Kampala,

Community-based adaptation to climate change focuses on empowering communities to use their own knowledge and decision-making processes to take action on climate change.

The 11th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA11) will focus on harnessing natural resources and ecosystems for adaptation.

CBA11 will provide an opportunity to review the latest developments in:

  • community-based adaptation practice,
  • policy, and
  • theory with contributors from around the world.

This year's conference theme, “Harnessing natural resources and ecosystems for adaptation”, aims to highlight the benefits and challenges of using natural resources and ecosystems as part of adaptation work.

The Paris Agreement called on countries to integrate ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) into their national climate action plans. EbA is finally gaining recognition in the international climate policy arena as a viable tool for adaptation and mitigation.

EbA can provide sustainable, climate resilient, nature-based solutions that span many of the global challenges the Sustainable Development Goals seek to address by optimizing synergies and reducing trade-offs. Participants will be exposed to emerging knowledge and experiences in EbA, which is in line with IDRC’s aspiration of building leaders that can identify and implement adaptation solutions in their countries and communities.

IDRC’s partners and researchers will share evidence from their case studies involving EbA and a special panel on “Research to Policymaking” will be facilitated by Evans Kituyi, IDRC, and Hannah Reid of IIED.

IDRC’s participation is premised on the understanding that effective uptake of knowledge and learning lies at the intersection of the availability of credible evidence of successful EbA application; clear knowledge of key gaps in policy and practice; and targeting appropriate engagement platforms for science, policy, and practice.