The 9th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to climate change begins in Kenya

News, 28 April 2015
The 9th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA9) will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 27-30 April, 2015.

A Maasai elder educates CBA9 participants on the issues he has as part of a woodlot afforestation project (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

The 9th CBA conference (CBA9) will focus on measuring and enhancing the effectiveness of adaptation to climate change and will have practitioners from all continents of the world who will share their experience with each other. 

The entire proceedings can be followed in real time on the website,, and on social networks using the #CBA9 hashtag

CBA9 is being hosted by the Government of Kenya, and the opening speeches included Jean-Pascal van Ypersel, vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It is due to be closed by the deputy president on 30 April.

It will involve more than 400 delegates from government, UN agencies, private sector, academia, non-governmental organisations, civil society, media and local communities sharing knowledge, experience and lessons from working with the most vulnerable communities in all countries to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change. 

Prior to the conference, participants attended a three-day field visit where they engaged with vulnerable communities on adaption strategies to climate change.

This community of practice on CBA will be meeting in Kenya for the first time, with previous meetings having been held in Nepal, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Tanzania in previous years. 

The conference is hosted by the African Centre for Technology Studies jointly with the Government of Kenya, IIED and the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies.

This conference is being held before the 21st Conference on Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) to be held in Paris, France in December. 

As such, CBA9 will have a presence of a high level report staff from the French Government to take back a message from the most vulnerable communities to the President of France, who will be in charge of fashioning an effective outcome in Paris.

The closing session will be held on 30 April and the media is invited.

Media invitation: To register to attend the media sessions, or arrange an interview with CBA9 delegates, speakers and organisers, please contact:

Millie Mwango, African Centre for Technology Studies: 
Katharine Mansell, IIED:


Katharine Mansell
Media and external affairs manager

International Institute for Environment and Development
80-86 Gray’s Inn Road
London WC1X 8NH, UK.
Tel: +44 (0)20 3463 7399
Fax: +44 (0)20 3514 9055


Notes to editors

The organisers of CBA9 are grateful to the following organisations for their generous funding of the conference: ACCRA, ACT-Kenya, CARE, CARIAA, ClimDev-Africa, IDRC Canada, Irish Aid, Practical Action, Southern Voices on climate change, UKAid, UNDP, UNEP, Water Aid and the Zambia National Climate Change Secretariat.

The African Centre for Technology Studies is a pioneering development research think tank on harnessing applications of science, technology and innovation policies for sustainable development in Africa. ACTS is an intergovernmental organisation founded in 1988 to pursue policy-oriented research towards strengthening the capacity of African countries and institutions to harness science and technology for sustainable development. ACTS envisions a sustainable economic, social and environmental future for Africa, through science, technology and innovation.

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is an independent, non-profit research institute. Set up in 1971 and based in London, IIED provides expertise and leadership in researching and achieving sustainable development (see:

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