CBA14: From local solutions to global action

The 14th International Conference on Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA14) will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, on 18-21 May, 2020.

People in boats

CBA14 in May 2020 will bring together practitioners, grassroots representatives, local and national government planners, policymakers and donors to share their experiences and drive forward efforts to achieve a climate-resilient future.  

The event will provide an open and interactive space for the international CBA community to meet and explore transformative solutions that can be delivered through the agency of communities driving climate action. 

CBA14 will take place on 18-21 May in Bangkok, Thailand. Sign up to keep informed about the conference details and registration, which will begin on 21 January.

Grounding policy in local action

The CBA community – and particularly grassroots partners – say the messages that will be gathered at CBA14, derived from real practice and experience, are needed more than ever to ensure that policy is based on local experience and local knowledge.

The CBA conferences are part of an ongoing process designed to keep the CBA community engaged and involved in global conversations throughout the year, and CBA14 will link to other key events and policy processes.

More than 250 people attended CBA13 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in April 2019, and key messages from the event were taken forward to September's Climate Action Summit and the 17th Development & Climate Days at this year's UN climate negotiations (COP25) in Madrid.

CBA14 will carry forward conversations from the 'Building a Resilient Future' event, and D&C Days. It will pick up on the outcomes from the Gobeshona conference in January 2020 and set the stage for the following year's key global meetings, such as London Climate Action Week and the 18th D&C Days.

It will link to the Global Commission on Adaptation's ‘Year of Action’ on climate adaptation and its Locally-led Adaptation track, and continue to inform the Least Developed Countries’ Life-AR intiative which is developing a long-term vision for adapting towards a climate-resilient future by 2050.


The conference is designed to enable the international CBA community to drive global ambition for a climate-resilient future by bringing diverse stakeholders together to learn and inform each other about the challenges, realities and solutions. Participants at the event will benefit from discussions that focus on: 

  • Inclusive, gender-transformative and meaningful engagement with stakeholders at all levels
  • 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 design of the programme will be shaped by CBA14 participants, who will be able to submit sessions in advance and collaborate with other organisations to develop them.

About the organisers 

CBA is organised in partnership by CARE, the Climate Justice Resilience Fund, the Global Resilience PartnershipIrish Aid, Practical Action, and IIED, in collaboration with BRAC.