Community-based adaptation (CBA) recognizes that environmental
knowledge, vulnerability and resilience to climate change impacts are
embedded in societies and cultures. This means that communities already
possess much of the knowledge and skills required to cope with the
expected impacts of climate change, and can often increase their
resilience to climate stresses by building on these. What they lack are
the resources and supportive policies that enable them to take action.
The focus of CBA is thus on empowering communities to take action based
on their own knowledge, needs and decision-making processes.
CBA is a relatively new field of practice and learning. Sharing
experience and knowledge from projects and programmes amongst
practitioners, policymakers, researchers, governments, funders and the
communities at risk is essential. In view of this, the International
Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in collaboration with
the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) began a series of
conferences in 2005.
This report is the proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on
Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change, held in Kathmandu, Nepal,
24-30 April 2014, comprising the session summaries. The theme was
“Financing Local Adaptation” in recognition of the need to understand
how best to finance the growing number of CBA project and programme
activities. Roughly 450 people from 58 different countries attended,
including representatives from governments and many of the large
international and bilateral funds, donors and foundations currently
supporting CBA. The conference objectives were to:
- Bring together different stakeholders and practitioners to share and
discuss knowledge of CBA planning and practices;
- Capture and share the latest experiences and learning from CBA
planning and practices, especially on mainstreaming CBA into national
and international planning and financing CBA;
- Enhance the capacity of practitioners to help those most vulnerable to
climate change improve their livelihoods;
- Disseminate lessons learnt at the conference through published
proceedings, and wide online and media coverage.
This report has been produced by IIED for the UK Department for
International Development (DFID) Adaptation Knowledge and Tools
programme and published through Evidence on Demand.
The Adaptation Knowledge and Tools programme is a DFID-funded programme
intended to maximise the effectiveness of UK and international
investment in climate change adaptation and resilience. The knowledge
and tools generated through this programme are expected to promote
greater understanding of what constitutes best practice in adaptation,
as well as better international cohesion and coordination around
adaptation. Through these entry points the programme expects to increase
the quality of international and UK adaptation programming and reduce
Reid, H.; Fenton, A.; Kirkby, P.; Parry, E.; Roberts, E.; Smith, B.; Stott, C.; Stubbings, A.; Totton, J.; Wilson, K.; Wright, H. (Editors) Community based adaptation: financing local adaptation. 8th International Conference, 24-30 April 2014, Kathmandu, Nepal, Conference Proceedings. IIED, London, UK (2015) 64 pp.