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Dhaka Conference Establishes Global Initiative on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change

Third International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA) to Climate Change

24 February 2009: The Third International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA) to Climate Change took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 18-24 February 2009. 

The event was organized by the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies, the International Institute for Environment and Development and RING Alliance of Policy Research Organizations, and was co-sponsored by, inter alia, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The main objective of the conference was to exchange information on adaptation planning and practices, priority sectors and measures.

The event included: a three-day field visit to community-based adaptation projects in different ecosystems; three days of interactive discussions on different thematic areas of climate change; and a high-level panel. Reports from the technical sessions were presented in the subsequent plenary session, where panelists made further comments on the themes under discussion. The technical sessions addressed: methods and tools in designing CBA; adaptation measures and practices related to agriculture; women, education and awareness for adaptation; advancing adaptation through communication for development; mainstreaming and partnership for adaptation; disaster and climate change; and urban adaptation. A final technical session was held on scaling-up adaptation, which was followed by a high-level plenary session attended by the Planning and Finance Ministers of Bangladesh.

Participants at the workshop agreed to establish the Global Initiative on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change, which will seek to support CBA-related activities by generating and sharing relevant knowledge. [IISD Coverage of the Conference]