By Bob Aston
The 9th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA9) will take place at Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya from 24-30 April, 2015. The Government of Kenya is hosting the conference which has been organized by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) and African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS). This year’s conference theme is ‘Measuring and enhancing effective adaptation’.
The conference will focus on measurement and enhancing effectiveness in adaptation. The aim is to highlight the different ways of measuring the success of community-based adaptation. One of the approaches used for measuring includes the bottom-up approach which enables the local knowledge and practices to be documented and shared among communities and scholars alike. Consequently, those subjected to impacts of climate change are better able to adapt.
In knowledge sharing conference, most participants from different sectors and countries will be reporting and presenting short videos on best practices on how to make adaptation and implementation on climate change more effective and highly measurable on the impact of adaptation projects.
Among the participating organizations will be Arid Lands Information Network which has been participating in a lot of international climate change forums. The International Non-governmental organization (NGO) operating in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania has been working with other partners to improve access to good quality information and knowledge on climate change adaptation practices using publications like Joto Afrika, a series of printed briefings and online resources that communicates information about climate change adaptation in sub-Saharan Africa and web 2.0 tools.
Farmers weeding in one of the sites where ALIN is demonstrating CSA
ALIN in partnership with Act Change Transform (Act!), with financial support from Department for International Development (DFID) and Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA) is also currently implementing a climate smart agriculture project in Baringo, Laikipia and Kajiado counties with the aim of strengthening communities’ resilience to impacts of climate change while conserving natural resources.
It has also been producing documentaries on climate change adaptation as well as publishing and disseminating articles on climate change adaptation. During the CBA9 field trips, ALIN will host some of the participants at the Nguruman Maarifa Centre in Entasopia, Kajiado County and it is at this site there will be a demonstration of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA).
IIED and partners: BCAS, created the CBA conferences to highlight that effective adaptation to climate change takes place at community level. Past CBA conferences have focused on scaling up best practices, ensuring a scientific basis to action, communicating and mainstreaming CBA and ensuring adaptation funding reaches community level.
The conference which will run for three-and-a-half days will include: plenary sessions, high-level speaker panels and parallel sessions with group discussions; sessions featuring short films and interactive workshops. The formal conference programme will begin on the morning of 27 April and the opening plenary will feature a distinguished panel of speakers from Africa, Asia and Europe.
The CBA9 schedule will begin with a number of field visits which will allow delegates to see local adaptation projects in action. The event will provide participants with an opportunity to share the latest developments in community-based adaptation (CBA) with an international audience.
Source: International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) website