Organisers offer busy events programme in the countdown to CBA14

The organisers of CBA14 are hosting a range of innovative side events in the run-up to the main CBA conference later this month – including many sessions that are open to everyone.

News, 31 August 2020
Solar panels on a lake.

Solar power is generated on an artificial lake in Chandigarh, India (Photo: Harvinder Chandigarh via WikipediaCC BY-SA 4.0)

As part of their commitment to innovation and inclusivity, the organisers of the 14th International Conference on Community-based Adaptation (CBA14) are hosting a wide range of pre-conference events. Many of these sessions are public events, open to all. 

CBA14 will take place online from 21-25 September 2020.

During the countdown to the conference, CBA partners are hosting ‘meet and greet’ sessions with leading practitioners and researchers, round-table discussions on adaptation technologies and nature-based solutions, an introductory workshop for the hugely popular CBA14 Dragon’s Den sessions and opportunities to network and get to know other conference participants.  

You can review the CBA14 side events below. Sign up for individual sessions using the registration links.

Introduction to the CBA14 Dragon’s Den

Date: 2 September 2020
Type: Open to everyone. This event has now ended.

Dragon’s Den sessions offer the chance to  learn how to develop and present proposals for funding for adaptation projects. Read an interview with the winner of last year's Dragon's Den

Roundtables on nature-based solutions and adaptation technology

Four one-hour discussions will provide an opportunity for those interested in nature-based solutions and adaptation technology to get to know each other and learn about projects implemented around the world. Numbers will be capped at 12 participants to enable meaningful conversations.

  • Roundtable on nature-based solutions and adaptation technology: marine environments

Details: Wetlands International has been working with local communities throughout Asia to upscale coastal and marine environment restoration technologies to mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change. Come to learn about how it works and share your own stories and adaptation technologies in the coastal and marine environment sector!

Date: 1 September, 2020
Status: Open to everyone. This event has now ended.

  • Roundtable on nature-based solutions across watersheds

Details: Practical Action has been helping communities and local governments in Sudan use integrated water resources management (IWRM) to reduce conflict and improve the ability of rural populations to cope with climate change. The approach is gaining popularity in many places where climate change is impacting on land and water. Join us to discuss how this approach can give support and momentum to the movement for more nature-based solutions.

Date: 3 September 2020
Status: Open to everyone. This event has now ended. 

  • Roundtable on nature-based solutions in agriculture

Details: There is growing international attention to the unerring global decline in agricultural biodiversity. Many communities and practitioner organisations are responding to this through supporting the use of so-called 'orphan crops' and a range of farmer-managed seed systems. Join us to discuss how this is a nature-based solution to climate change, and how the CBA community should promote their essential experience to this global challenge. The session will be led by Practical Action, which has been working on this in Zimbabwe for several years.

Date: 8 September 2020
Status: Open to everyone. This event has now ended.

  • Roundtable on forestry

Date: 10 September 2020
Status: Open to everyone. This event has now ended.

Meet and greet sessions

We are hosting a series of online 'meet and greet' sessions with practitioners and researchers. Join these informal sessions to network and get to know fellow participants ahead of the conference. Numbers will be limited to 10 people to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to take part in the conversation.

Date and time: 14 September, 2020 at 14:00 BST
Hosts: Clare Shakya, IIED and Maria Goss, Practical Action

Date and time: 14 September, 2020 at 14:00 BST
Hosts: Ced Hesse, IIED and Nate Matthews, GRP

Date and time: 15 September, 2020 at 12:00 BST
Hosts: Fiona Percy, CARE and Ally Renton, IIED

Date and time: 15 September, 2020 at 12:00 BST
Hosts: Susan Nanduddu, ACTADE and Jennifer Uchendu, SustyVibes

Date and time: 16 September at 15:00 BST
Hosts: Heather McGray, CJRF and Hilary Heath, CJRF

Status: These sessions are for registered participants only.

Registration: Sign up via the event platform.

Twitter chat: CBA14 – from local solutions to global action

IIED and Practical Action held a Twitter chat on Tuesday, 8 September to discuss how to scale up local climate action, using the hashtag #CBA14.

Orientation sessions: Ask the organisers

Do you want to know more about how the programme fits together? Do you feel a bit uncomfortable with Zoom and need a refresher? Join us at one of our 'drop-ins' where you can ask organisers about how to make the most of the conference and programme. 

Dates: Every Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm BST until Thursday, 17 September, 2020
Time: 1pm BST 

Register for this event 

CBA14 main programme

The main conference programme runs from 21-25 September. Full details of the schedule are on the programme page.

About the organisers

The Royal Government of Bhutan welcomes participants to CBA14. CBA14 is funded by the Climate Justice Resilience Fund, Irish Aid, the Global Resilience Partnership, the Global Commission on Adaptation and IIED, and organised with co-hosts CARE and Practical Action, in collaboration with the contributing partners BRAC, the Huariou Commission, Green Africa Youth, IUCN NL, Environmental Management for Livelihood Improvement Bwaise Facility, African Centre for Trade and Development and Slum Dwellers International.


For more information about the conference or how to register, please contact CBA14 event manager Karin Pointner (