Registrations open for the 14th international conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA14)

News, 21 January 2020
Delegates can now book their places for a leading international event focused on community-based adaptation to climate change.
A boat travelling along a canal

Bangkok, the venue for CBA14, is a riverside city with a network of canals. It's highly vulnerable to climate change (Photo: Greg Gjerdingen, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

The 14th International Conference on Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA14) will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, on 18-21 May, 2020. Registration has now opened.

CBA14 will link the international community of practice on community-based adaptation, inviting participants to share best experience, build adaptation capacity and drive ambition for effective local climate action.

Some 300 people are expected to participate, including practitioners, grassroots representatives, local and national government planners, policymakers and donors. The conference will provide an innovative interactive space for participants to share good practice and drive forward efforts to achieve a climate-resilient future.

Three themes

The conference will have three key themes:

  • Climate finance: how can public and private sector finance be accountability and transparently mobilised to scale up climate action, while remaining inclusive? 
  • Adaptation technology: how can adaptation technology be used to bring about adaptation at 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?

Linking to the international adaptation agenda

CBA14 will continue conversations from the September 2019 'Building a resilient future' event in New York, as well as from Development and Climate Days (D&C Days) at COP25 in Madrid. It will pick up on the outcomes from the Gobeshona conference in Bangladesh in January 2020, and set the stage for international meetings throughout 2020, including London Climate Action Week and D&C Days 2020.

CBA14 will also link to the Global Commission on Adaptation's ‘Year of Action’ on climate adaptation and its Locally-led Adaptation track, and continue to inform the least developed countries’ LIFE-AR intiative, which is developing a long-term vision for adapting towards a climate-resilient future by 2050.

Sponsor delegates from the global South

IIED is seeking to make CBA14 as inclusive as possible. We want to bring people together from all walks of life to share their lived experiences of climate challenges and community action to adapt. 

We are seeking support to enable us to offer full subsidies for students and practitioners from community organisations in the global South who may not have the resources to attend. 

If your organisation is interested in supporting CBA14, please email CBA programme manager Teresa Sarroca (

About the organisers 

CBA14 is organised by CARE, the Climate Justice Resilience Fund, the Global Resilience PartnershipIrish Aid, Practical Action and IIED, in collaboration with BRAC.


For all enquiries, please contact and the event organiser (Karin Pointner) will respond as soon as possible.