Global Initiative on Community Based Adaptation (GICBA)

The Global Initiative on Community-Based Adaptation (GICBA) is an open platform aiming to sharing and learning between all organisations (and individuals) working on community-based adaptation to climate change. GICBA is totally free to join, open to anyone, and is a virtual network to enable sharing of project experiences, tools and methods and to catalyse discussion around important issues.

Get involved!

It's totally free to sign up. From this page you will find case studies of CBAarticles highlighting best practice, information on upcoming conferences, and a vibrant community sharing global experiences and discussing ways to achieve good community-based adaptation.

Aims of the platform

  • Collective thinking and engagement around Community-Based Adaptation
  • Generate and share evidence based research and experience
  • Create a community of practice with strong learning elements through the Community based adaptation exchange (CBAX).
  • Support the series of International Conferences on CBA to climate change.
  • Strengthen capacity of all stakeholders to design, implement and scale up CBA

Guidance - How do I join in?

The weADAPT Adaptation Layer (Maps / Google Earth) is a space where you can share your community based adaptation projects. It allows others to know about ongoing projects.

You can also view downscaled climate station data on the Adaptation Layer here.

Do you use twitter? You can also follow us on here:

Heads up for GICBAs side event in COP21 in Paris! 

Date: Monday 7th December 3-4.30pm
Topic: Supporting poor, vulnerable and indigenous communities. 
This event shares research on the quantity and quality of adaptation finance reaching those most in need; how to practically support the adaptation strategies and traditional knowledge of indigenous communities; and local community engagement with and benefits from REDD.

Take a tour of some CBA projects on Google Earth

Conference on community-based adaptation

GICBA organises regular international conferences on community-based adaptation in order to bring a wide range of people together to share current thinking on CBA. 

Save the date for next year's conference! The 10th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA10), which will take place in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 21-28 April, 2016 and the event will this time focus on urban community resilience

Find out more here:

The 9th conference on community-based adaptation (CBA9) took place in Nairobi from the 24th-30th April 2015.

See this link to look at the collection of posters that were presented in the CBA9 conference, which are now added onto the GICBA platform. 

The conference showed there are different ways of measuring the success of community-based adaptation, and underlined that effective evaluation considers the perspective of both donors and receipients. Head to the IIED conference site for the full schedule and more outputs!

You can download the CBA9 Conference Proceedings by clicking on this link.

For a full list of previous conferences, including presentations and video clips, please have a look at the IIED conference archive.

Financing CBA

A major step forward for funding community-based adaptation output from the conference is The Kathmandu Declaration on Financing Local Adaptation, which was agreed at the 8th Conference on Community-Based Adaptation, and calls for a major increase in adaptation funding at the local level in order to ensure the most vulnerable communities are able to adapt to climate change. Specifcially, the Declaration calls for at least 50 per cent of all financing for adaptation to be allocated to local level actions and local communities, and that national governments should be the main channel for adaptation finance. You can download the full declaration here.


Sophia Irepu

Programme Officer Documentation & Learning Cordaid/Partners for Resilience Uganda


Ingénieur Agronome et expert en ingénierie du Développement local at Yiriwa Bulonba/ CERFADEL

Kenechukwu Chudi Onukwube

Director of Programs and Disaster Response Officer at CRUDAN


graduate student at Harvard GSD

Martha Talamondjila NAANDA

deputy-chairperson at SDAC

Sonia Rasugu

Programme Associate at YES Kenya

Jean Paul Ngaruki.

Academician and researcher at USTC

Meghan Klasic

PhD Student, UC Davis

Eliana Alvarez

Adaptation specialist. Environmental Ministry of Colombia

Kuma Chiquinquira Ponnambalam

Social Media/ Grantwriter and Project Design

Collins Mumba

Programs Manager