The production of the Nairobi Declaration on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change was the headline news on the fourth and final day of the 9th International Community-Based Adaptation Conference (CBA9) in Nairobi on 30 April.
More than 400 participants from over 90 countries attended the event, which aimed to explore the latest developments in community-based adaptation, particularly with regards to measuring and enhancing effective adaptation.
The fourth day began with a lively debate between Irish Aid's Adrian Fitzgerald and Atiq Rahman on the subject of 'Whose measurement counts?' Fitzgerald and Rahman had very different views on whom monitoring and evaluation activities should ultimately serve, but there was also plenty of enjoyment in a session moderated by Pablo Suarez of the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre.
IIED senior fellow Saleemul Huq then took the stage to report on outcomes from the conference to participants, and group delegates also updated colleagues on their own outcomes. This included the Practical Action team pledging to work on technology justice as a lens to specify adaptation measurement, and particpants of the the climate information services session teaming up to produce a report.
Before a series of closing speeches to the conference, including one from His Excellency Joshua Irungu, the governor of Laikipia County, Kenya, Huq read out the Nairobi Declaration on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change, which states the importance of addressing the needs and interests of the poorest and most vulnerable in international agreements on sustainable development, development finance and climate change.
Finally, there was news of the 10th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation, which will take place in Dhakar, Bangladesh in April 2016. The theme of the conference will be 'Enhancing resilience of urban communities'.
The third day began with a focus on evaluating ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA) effectiveness, discussing lessons, examining how current EBA projects are evaluated and recommending scaling-up approaches.
The third day also included sessions on "Estimating loss and damage" and "Indigenous knowledge culture and adaptation", plus an 'out-of-the-box' session on "Climate information services for effective community-based adaptation".
While the game-playing sessions led by Pablo Suarez, of the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre provided the fun aspect of CBA9 that participants enjoy on day two, there were also more formal sessions.
The sessions included the provision of a Kenyan perspective on enhancing community-based adaptation through future agreements, while IIED's Caroline King-Okumu led a session on "Harnessing climatic variability to enhance adptation in the drylands".
The second day also included sessions on "The role of the private sector in enhancing CBA", and "Monitoring and scaling up climate-smart agriculture practices for enhanced food security and CBA", plus an 'out-of-the-box' session on 'Principles and radical options for adaptation - issues for assessing effectiveness'.
The day began with a series of high-profile speakers, before the conference proper began with a session on "Measuring, linking and learning about adaptation effectiveness across scales", led by IIED senior researcher Susannah Fisher.
The opening day also included sessions on "Climate information services for effective adaptation", "Gender and vulnerable groups", and an out-of-the-box session on "Community adaptation indicators for sustainable and healthy food systems."
Further CBA9 coverage
- A round-up, including participant views, experiences and photos, from the three days of pre-conference CBA9 field trips
- A summary, including opinions, videos and photos, from the first day of the conference
- A round-up from the second day of the conference featuring detailed discussions among delegates and multimedia
- A summary of the third day of the conference, including a range of participant views, experiences and photos
- Watch a playlist of video daily updates with IIED senior fellow Saleemul Huq
- Watch a playlist of videos of the speeches from the CBA9 opening ceremony, which can also be seen below
- Watch a playlist of interviews with the leaders of the sessions and other delegates during CBA9, reflecting on key messages and lessons learned
- View posters that will feature in a 'poster marketplace' summarising projects related to the conference theme. You can see the featured posters on IIED's Pinterest site (log-in required) or IIED's Flickr site
- See a collection of images from the CBA conference and field trips
- Watch a playlist of a series of films being shown in the participatory film session. A programme for the film sessions is also available to download (PDF)
Video interviews with session leaders and delegates
Further details of each individual session are available by downloading the CBA9 programme.