CBA14: 14th International Conference on Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change

Date: September 21-25, 2020
Where: Online
A woman planting rice

Climate change is expected to impact Thailand’s rice farmers. Some farmers are starting to experiment with environmentally-friendly growing methods. (Photo: Eduardo Prim via unsplash)

Join us for the 2020 International Conference on Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA14), the leading practitioner-focused forum on climate adaptation, delivering dialogue and evidence to inform policy and action – from the local to the global scale.

CBA14 will bring together practitioners, community representatives, local and national government planners, researchers, policymakers and donors for interactive discussions, workshops and skillshares.

This event is the only conference that focuses on community-based adaptation, putting the people most vulnerable to climate change at the centre of the conversation. This year, this key event in the climate adaptation calendar will take place online, with an innovative programme focused on learning, networking and creative dialogue.

How will it work?

Although we are sad to not be able to meet in person, we are aiming to maximise the exciting potential of delivering a digital conference. We are designing a digital event with community at its heart. CBA14 will enable participants from around the world to share, learn and engage in creative conversations via computer or via a smartphone app starting as early as August.

CBA14 will not be a series of presentations and panels! We are building a wide-ranging and innovative programme that offers multiple and varied ways to connect and dialogue.

We’ve got a packed and exciting agenda – check out the interactive online programme.

You can join conference sessions live, but if the time doesn’t work, you can download a recording and then contribute to the ongoing discussions online. The conference videos and presentations will provide a valuable learning resource for practitioners and policymakers alike. 

For networking, you can use the message boards and mobile app search tools to identify colleagues working on similar issues and connect with them directly on the platform. Having the conference online allows us to bring together a wider, more diverse group, and can make it easier for you to contact the people you want to meet.

Read more about how we will ensure that capacity building and community networking stay at the heart of CBA14

We admit – taking the CBA magic online is an experiment! But we’re confident that CBA in 2020 will generate creative ways to interact and learn, provide a platform for the views of all participants, act as a testing ground for ideas and generate that familiar CBA buzz.  


The CBA14 programme will focus on five key themes and will aim to address these questions: 

  • Climate finance: how can public and private sector finance be accountably and transparently mobilised to scale up climate action, while remaining inclusive? 
  • Adaptation technology: how can technology be used to bring about adaptation at the national level, and be integrated through policy and finance?  
  • Responsive policy: how can social movements inform policy that is ambitious enough to meet the Paris Agreement targets and improve climate adaptation for communities?
  • Nature-based solutions: how can nature-based solutions be made to work for people, nature and climate?
  • Youth inclusion: how can we transform our institutions so that they can take advantage of young people’s participation in delivering local-level adaptation?

Programme design

The CBA14 programme will feature a variety of session types, including workshops, dialogues, skill shares, and showcases. 

  • Marketplace: Showcase lived experiences, tools and adaptation initiatives
  • Skil Shares: Share and trade expertise in areas such as communications and project planning, and
  • Dragons’ Den: Incubate ideas and practice developing pitches for funding
  • Thematic sessions: Deep dive into pertinent issues
  • Open space roundtables: Open the space for new discussions
  • Short films

The conference will also provide opportunities for networking through ‘meet and greets’ and learning about online conferencing through the ‘ask the organisers drop ins’ and a wide collection of resource materials. 

Collaborate on the programme design

We want you to help develop the programme: submit your proposals for sessions, skill shares,  the marketplace and the short films programme and collaborate with other organisations to develop them.

Online support 

This is an online workshop that people can attend via the internet from their computer or mobile phone. For best results – use both! 

We will provide registered participants with detailed guidance on how to attend and how to host sessions on the conference platform. 

Practical details: costs and how to register

We want to make CBA14 as inclusive as possible: to bring people together from all walks of life to share their lived experiences of community-based adaptation.


To support this aim, we’ve created a sliding scale pricing scheme that addresses the expense of organising a major event but also minimises the cost for as many people as possible. We are asking those who can to pay a little more so that we can provide sponsorship for those who may not have the resources to attend. 

We are offering a range of registration fees and asking participants to pay what they can afford. Ticket prices range from £50, £100, £150 to £200. In addition, we have a ‘solidarity’ ticket priced at £300 that includes a contribution to our sponsored places fund (see below).

Solidarity fund for sponsored places

To support a wide range of participants, we are offering sponsored places and are asking participants to contribute to this sponsorship scheme via a solidarity ticket priced at £300. 

By contributing to the solidarity fund, you will be helping us to offer a more diverse and inclusive event with a wider cohort of participants from community organisations across the Global South. Your contribution will be acknowledged on your profile on the conference platform.

Sponsored places

We have reserved one-third of available places for students, representatives of community-based organisations, small NGOs and local government officials based and working in the global South that do not have support from international/global organisations, with a focus on women and young people. If you would like to apply for a sponsored place, please submit an application


For questions about registering or attending CBA14, please email event manager Karin Pointner ( 

Opportunities to support this event

We are also seeking conference partners who can contribute expertise, strategic thinking, publicity and funds. There are numerous ways in which partners can support the conference, both financially or in-kind. Please consider investing in this process with us by contributing your financial support. Your organisation can support CBA14 in a way that works for you. If you are interested in becoming a donor, a host or contributing partner, please email CBA programme manager Teresa Sarroca (

About the organisers 

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.

Hosted by

Contributing partners


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