CBA14: From local solutions to global action

The 14th International Conference on Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA14) will take place in September 2020.

a woman planting rice

Climate change is expected to impact Thailand’s rice farmers. Some farmers are starting to experiment with environmentally-friendly growing methods. (Photo: Eduardo Prim via Unsplash)

The CBA14 conference will this year take place online, allowing our community of practice to continue to meet despite the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We are still working to confirm what this virtual conference will look like, and will keep you updated with information as it becomes available. In the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact if you have any queries.

CBA14 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.

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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.

The conference will have four key themes:

  • Climate finance: how can public and private sector finance be accountability and transparently mobilised to scale up climate action, while remaining inclusive? 
  • Adaptation technology: how can adaptation technology be used to bring about adaptation at national level, and be integrated through policy and finance?  
  • Responsive policy: how can social movements inform policy that is ambitious enough to meet the Paris Agreement targets and improve climate adaptation for communities?
  • Nature-based solutions: how can nature-based solutions be made to work for people, nature and climate?

Grounding policy in local action

CBA conferences are part of an ongoing process designed to keep the CBA community engaged and involved in global conversations throughout the year. 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 (D&C Days) at the UN climate negotiations in Madrid.

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.

CBA14 will carry forward conversations from D&C Days and the 2019 'Building a Resilient Future' event. It will pick up on the outcomes of the January 2020 Gobeshona conference and set the stage for  global meetings, such as London Climate Action Week and the 18th D&C Days. CBA14 will also 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 design of the programme will be shaped by CBA14 participants. You can submit proposals for sessions and collaborate with other organisations to develop them.

    Registration details

    Full details about tickets, acommodation, visas, guidance on travel, payment methods, and refunds and cancellations will be available on the Eventbrite registration page.

    How to support the CBA conference

    Sponsor delegates from the global South

    IIED is seeking to make CBA14 as inclusive as possible. We want to bring people together from all walks of life to share their lived experiences of climate challenges and community action to adapt. 

    We are seeking support to enable us to offer full subsidies for students and practitioners from community organisations in the global South who may not have the resources to attend. 

    Become a partner

    CBA conferences are organised in partnership. Our partners contribute expertise, strategic thinking, publicity and funds. 


    If your organisation is interested in supporting CBA14, please email CBA programme manager Teresa Sarroca (

    About the organisers 

    CBA14 is organised by CARE, the Climate Justice Resilience Fund, the Global Resilience PartnershipIrish Aid, Practical Action and IIED, in collaboration with BRAC.