CBA8: 8th conference on community-based adaptation to climate change
Over 400 participants from more than 60 countries attended IIED's 8th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to climate change (CBA8) in Kathmandu, Nepal, in April 2014. Hundreds more followed the event and interacted via live web streamed video, comments and social media.
The conference was formally opened by Nepal's Prime Minister, Sushil Koirala, who described climate change as "a defining issue of our time".
Koirala told the conference that Nepal had experienced a range of climate change-related events, including rapid melting of glaciers, shifting weather patterns and depreciation of water resources. These changes were exerting immense pressures on the lives and livelihoods of the poor.
He said Nepal's government was prioritising measures to tackle the effects of climate change, and emphasised the importance of building awareness of climate change and adaptive capacity at community level.
The final day of CBA10 saw the launch of the Kathmandu Declaration on Financing Local Adaptation, which calls for a radical shift in flows of finance to ensure the most vulnerable communities can adapt to climate change.
This page brings together our coverage of three days of field trips and four days of conference sessions, including news, blogs, videos and social media coverage.
Daily video reports
IIED published daily round-ups of events at CBA8, including highights, discussion and debate:
Further CBA8 coverage
- View a gallery of photos from CBA8 on Flickr
- Check the programme of events
- Watch a playlist of video daily updates with IIED senior fellow Saleemul Huq
- Watch a playlist of video interviews with conference session facilitators and delegates
- See a collection of Vines (short six-second videos) showing behind the scenes at CBA8
- Watch a playlist of the films submitted by CBA8 participants that were screened for fellow delegates at the conference
- Blog: Voices of people with disabilities must be heard in climate change adaptation debate
- Blog: Can voodoo help to resolve climate change?
- Blog: Crowd-sourcing ideas to help community-based adaptation finance reach the most vulnerable
- Blog: Investing in adaptation to climate change brings bonus benefits
- Blog: The IPCC rings the warning bell louder. Is anyone listening?
- News: Kathmandu Declaration: recommendations for financing communities most vulnerable to climate change
- News: Toulmin: More power to the people to tackle climate change
- News: Conference ends with declaration on finance for community-based adaptation to climate change
Hosted by the government of Nepal, CBA8 was organised by IIED, Clean Energy Nepal and the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS).
It was sponsored by National Trust for Nature Conservation, CARE, Federation of Community Forest Users, USaid and WWF. Conference partners were LEAD, CARE, Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), UNEP, World Vision, UNICEF, UKaid, ActionAid, Plan International, Save the Children, Rockefeller Foundation, Christian Aid, Oxfam International, Irish Aid, IFAD, Southern Voices on Climate Change, World Resources Institute, Multi Stakeholder Forestry Programme.
Previous CBA conferences
IIED and its partners have organised a series of international conferences to enable practitioners, governments and donors to share latest developments and best practice.