Conference on coping with climate change

Posted by Christine, April 4, 2013

Even though this is in Bangladesh, anyone can participate via the Internet.

What are the latest approaches for mainstreaming community-based adaptation into international, national and local planning and processes? IIED’s 7th Annual Community Based Adaptation Conference (CBA7) aims to provide the latest thinking from climate scientists, policy makers and practitioners to answer this question, and to share lessons learned.

Many innovative agricultural techniques have been developed by Bangladeshi farmers, including these floating vegetable beds, which allow crops to be grown in waterlogged areas. Photo: Dwijen MallickMany innovative agricultural techniques have been developed by Bangladeshi farmers, including these floating vegetable beds, which allow crops to be grown in waterlogged areas. Photo: Dwijen Mallick

Based in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 18 – 25 April 2013 CBA7 includes:

  • three days of field visits to projects in Bangladesh (19 – 21 April) to see how communities living in different ecosystems have adapted to climate change, and
  • three days of plenary sessions and interactive sessions at the conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital city.

Field trips 19 – 21 April

Participants will be divided into groups and taken to different areas to see how communities have adapted to climate-related problems such as flooding, droughts or saline water intrusion. Some of these field sites will be part of the Action Research on Community Adaptation in Bangladesh (ARCAB) programme.

Conference 22 – 25 April

Each day will consist of a plenary session and a number of parallel interactive sessions that will explore how to make community-based adaptation to climate change a mainstream part of national and local planning. Topics covered will include:

  • CBA in practice in sectors and regions: water, agriculture and food security, ecosystem‐based approaches, disaster risk reduction, economics, human health, urban areas, children, gender, migration and population
  • Knowledge, education and awareness on CBA: challenges and opportunities for mainstreaming adaptation
  • Monitoring and evaluation of CBA

A draft programme of events is available to download. Some of the items are unconfirmed and will be updated regularly.

How to take part

The deadline for registration at the early rate of USD 700 expired on 28th February and the deadline for seeking funding expired on 31st January. Therefore any final registrations before the final cut-off date of 31st March will cost USD 1,000.

Due to an overwhelming interest in participation this year, there are only a limited number of people who can still be accepted.

Virtual participants

Can’t attend the conference? Worried about your carbon footprint? You won’t miss out. You can participate virtually via this webpage. We will be tweeting and blogging live from the conference, and we will post video interviews with key speakers here on this page.

Those unable to attend can also register as a Virtual Internet Participant (VIP) to receive all the conference materials and live updates from the event.

More information

For further information contact the Conference secretariat:
Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS)
House 10, Road 16A, Gulshan‐1,
Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh
Tel:  +88 02 8818124 ‐27, 9852904, 9851237
Fax: +88 02 9851417
Email: ccadaptation.workshop@bcas.net