Community Based Adaptation (CBA)

Here at weADAPT, we understand CBA to be local community action on climate adaptation initiatives. This may involve participatory learning and problem-solving (including creative trial-and-error approaches), documentation and sharing, collaborative planning and local implementation of climate adaptation initiatives.


SEPTEMBER FEATURE: Asia Pacific Climate Week!

What CBA-relevant activities are underway?  Below in the FEATURE section!


Some examples of Community Based Adaptation may be local adaptive planning around changing rainy seasons with modified agricultural planting seasons as well as adjusted crop choice, sometimes termed climate-smart food production; community disaster risk trainings to store water and food stuffs on high-and-dry lands to cope with increase of floods; local redesign of building structures to mitigate losses from high-intensity cyclones, floods, or soil erosion; community cooperation on mangrove and native biodiversity restoration, increasing resilience to coastal erosion while creating local sustainable livelihoods.

CBA Climate-Smart Farming, including water planning that enables the farm to carry-on as usual for as long as 40 days of drought; Thailand. (Photo: E. Parry, 2015)

CBA can be locally derived or managed, reflective of local cultures / eco-cultures / bio-cultures (perceptions of, and relationships to, humans and non-humans and nature) and societal functions. This offers an opportunity for sustainable and sustaining, self-organising and evolving local engagement on climate change adaptation, guided by local knowledge and wisdom, including Indigenous and other forms of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) relating to adaptive management of complex social-ecologies of specific populations.  This CBA Theme spaces also opens consideration of 'local' community based climate action within local-to-local network engagement of climate iniatives wherein the diversity and local endogeneity remains, yet is enhanced through wider network collaboration and sharing.

Above is an example of community developed climate-smart agriculture collaboratively evolved across a network of local farmers in a Karen village bordering Myanmar and Thailand. CBA approaches include a merging of organic techniques with traditional ecological knowledge for adaptive management. Farmers interspersed trees and other plants to help mitigate against landslides becoming more common in these hills, with higher temperatures, protracted drought and fires, followed by heavy rainfall. (Photo: E.Parry, 2014).


SEPTEMBER FEATURE: Asia Pacific Climate Week in Bangkok, Thailand!

                       From the 2nd to the 6th of September 2019, Hosted by the UNFCCC

You can register for Asia Pacific Climate Week 2019 by clicking here.

The 2019 Asia-Pacific Climate Week helps inform the September Global Climate Action Summit in New York and the December UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Santiago, Chile. Held in Bangkok, Thailand, the event is designed to advance regional climate action. It aims to support the implementation of Asia-Pacific countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change and action to deliver on the SDG commitments.


Location: Rajadamnern Nok Avenue and Klong Phadung Krungkasem Road in Bangkok

The main conference site can be reached by clicking on this link here. 

An overview of the program and side events can be found by clicking here


The New Highlander School: 

Moderated CBA-Based Collaborative Discussion Forums

The first of a regular moderated discussion forum of the New Highlander School online was held this past 1st May 2019, 9 am BST. You can continue with the (unmoderated, long-term) discussion of models that work or don't, and lessons therein, here in the comments thread. You can click here to learn more about why we are calling it The New Highlander School

You voted, and the first choice for discussion is "Models for CBA Climate Action: what works, what doesn't, and what does it teach us?"   You brought your stories, your questions, your examples across the board!  Find out more here. Come to the discussion page to see what was discussed and add your voice to the ongoing discussion.   The next moderated discussion forum through the CBA Theme will be held soon and will focus on the 2nd most popular choice of subject, Questions of Scale: reconsidering our understanding of scale and relationship to the global 'whole' through the local lens.  The next session details will be announced here on the CBA Theme. We are seeking to incorporate learning from the first discussion forum, with an aim to include interactive online live video conferencing alongside the written discussion forum board. 

CBA13 Conference: Local Solutions Inspiring Global Action

This CBA Theme on the weADAPT platform was launched in conjunction with, and celebration of, the CBA 13 conference (and the series of conferences building a CBA community) in Ethiopia.

You can find the event proceedings and outcomes of the week here. You can also log-in to join the CBA13 Discussion Forum! For an overview and further links to past CBA conferences, click here. 

The 13th international conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA13) was held in Addis Ababa,1-4 April, 2019.  “CBA13 will bring together practitioners, grassroots representatives, local and national government planners, policymakers and donors working at all levels and scales to discuss how we can drive ambition for a climate-resilient future.”  The program placed emphasis on three interlocking themes: climate finance, adaptation technology, and policy engagement. Key aims were to facilitate the gathering of a community of practitioners collectively seeking to reimagine solutions to climate change that enable transformative outcomes through the agency of communities. The values and intent brought imbued within the conference proceedings were for inclusive, gender-transformative and meaningful engagement, sharing and collaborating around good practice and challenging assumptions, drawing on evidence to inform the scalability of effective approaches, and influencing and shaping decision making processes.  FIND OUT MORE!

To learn more about all previous CBA conferences, go to the iied CBA Conference archive


53145682 10157044526292229 5522624731955593216 n - climate adaptation.

Get daily updates from #CBA13 at:

53145682 10157044526292229 5522624731955593216 n - climate adaptation.

Members are welcome to comment here on the CBA Theme page, and / or to start a forum discussion. For information on how to start a forum discussion around CBA, click here. Discussion around any CBA-related topics are welcome here, from climate finance to modeling and action, to dealing with challenges, coming up with creative solutions, or anything CBA-related you'd like to know more about, share, or explore. Welcome!

53145682 10157044526292229 5522624731955593216 n - climate adaptation.

Tomorrow 1st May, 9 am BST, please join the New Highlander School moderated discussion: CBA models for climate action: what works, what doesn't, and what does it teach us?

We will be using this forum to host the first of a regular monthly moderated discussion forum on CBA issues. To find out what time this will be held where you are, search from the international meeting planner!



Latest Discussions

weADAPT Knowledge Manager

SAVE THE DATE: CBA14, Bangkok, Thailand

“The 14th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA14) will be held in Bangkok in...”

Read discussion
Caroline Zastiral

Request: mini-survey to identify 'low cost resilience actions for volunteers'

“Dear CBA practioners, Could I please ask for your help to contribute to a research to identify the top 10 most...”

Read discussion
Emilie Parry

New Highlander School moderated discussion: CBA models for climate action: what works, what doesn't, and what does it teach us?

“* Note: Although the 1 hour moderated part of this discussion is over, you can still post and respond to existing...”

Read discussion
Will Bugler

Climate Change Job Vacancies Update: Job vacancy at Acclimatise

“Full-time. Minimum 5 years' experience. Please apply through the weblink”

Read discussion
SouthSouthNorth KM Hub

FCFA webinar: Communicating climate information & uncertainties better: Cognitive psychology insights & practical experiences

“Date: 29 November 2018 Time: 08:00 EDT; 13:00 GMT; 15:00 SAST Duration: 60 minutes Register here . Overview Researchers...”

Read discussion
Anne Schulthess

Development and Climate Days 2017 (D&C Days)

“Global ambition | Local action | Climate resilience for all This year’s D&C days will aim to influence the ‘...”

Read discussion