CBA field visits: deadline approaches to see community-based adaptation in action

News, 9 May 2017
As two new videos highlight the value of seeing community-based adaptation in action on the ground, register by 31 May to join this year's field visits at an international conference in Uganda.

The rare Shoebill stork stands over a metre tall and lives in the Mabamba wetland system along Uganda's Lake Victoria. Engaging local communities in tourism has helped to protect the local ecosystem (Photo: Brendan Ryan, Creative Commons via Flickr)

Delegates have until 31 May to book their places for the three-day field visits ahead of the 11th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA11).

The CBA conference will take place in Kampala, Uganda, from 26-29 June 2017. The field visits will take place from 22-25 June.  

The field visits are an important and popular feature of CBA conferences, allowing participants to get an in-depth understanding of how local communities are adapting to climate change. This year the visits will showcase community projects in different ecosystems around Uganda, to highlight how rural communities are working together to build climate resilience.

The field visits give CBA participants a chance to see community-based adaptation in practice, to learn from communities confronting climate risk, and to explore at first hand the challenges and outcomes of different approaches. Many CBA delegates say these real-world excursions are the one of the highlights of CBA conferences.  

Previous field visits: schools, roof gardens, community slaughter houses, sustainable fisheries

CBA10 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, focused on building climate resilience in urban areas. Field trip participants visited schools to learn how children are being encouraged to take climate action in their local communities. Delegates also visited Sher-e Bangla Agriculture University to learn about a roof garden initiative that is studying the potential of rooftop gardens to reduce CO2 concentrations and the urban heat island effect in cities.

This Storify gives a flavour of the field visits, and this video presents one participant's view of the CBA10 field trips:

CBA9 was held in Kenya. One of the field visits went to a community-managed slaughterhouse that gives Maasai pastoralists fair prices for meat, advises them on rangeland management and produces fertilisers and biogas.

Another CBA9 excursion visited Lake Naivisha to learn about projects for sustainable fisheries and water harvesting. Watch this video of CBA9 delegates talking about what they learned from their trip:

Uganda's ecosystems and climate change

This year's CBA conference is focusing on harnessing natural resources and ecosystems for climate adaptation. Uganda has a huge variety of ecosystems, ranging from forests to rangelands, as well as wetlands edging Lake Victoria. These varied ecosystems differ in their vulnerability and adaptive capacity, but Uganda's rapid population growth and high poverty levels make sustainable ecosystem management a critical issue.

Uganda is vulnerable to climate change because more than 80 per cent of the population is rural, and depends on rain-fed agriculture. Increased temperatures, increased frequency and intensity of rainfall, droughts, floods and storms are likely to have significant impacts on water and food security, livelihoods and the wider economy.  

The CBA field visits will look at how projects in different ecosystems are working to adapt and improve community resilience to climate change. The field sites will be between one and four hours' drive from Kampala. 

To book for CBA11 and the field visits:

To register for CBA11, follow this link to our registration page on the event booking platform Eventbrite, and use the green button to register. The originally publicised deadline of 14 May has been extended to 31 May.

Full details of the field site options will be published during early June. You will be asked to select your top three field visit preferences and we will do our best to book you on your preferred choice.


Questions? If you have any questions about the conference or registration, email

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