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

28-31 March 2011 | Dhaka, Bangladesh
Summary of the Meeting

Thursday, 31 March 2011

The Fifth International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation wrapped up at 12:58 pm on Thursday after a final plenary and concluding session which included an address by Rajendra Pachauri, IPCC Chair.

The sessions highlighted key lessons learned and main themes of the conference. Additionally, it was announced that the Sixth CBA conference will take place in Vietnam in 2012.

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Please return to this page on Sunday, April 3 2011 to access the summary report of the meeting.

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Monday, 28 March- Tuesday, 29 March- Wednesday, 30 March- Thursday, 31 March- Summary
CONFERENCE CLOSING STATEMENTS AND NEXT STEPS
Ian Burton, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto
Saleemul Huq, Senior Fellow, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Atiq Rahman, Executive Director, Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies
Special guest Rajendra Pachauri, IPCC Chair, with Mesbah Ul Alam, Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Bangladesh, during the closing session.
Participants during the closing session.
WEDNESDAY, 30 MARCH 2011

On Wednesday, adaptation professionals met again in the Sheraton Hotel in Dhaka in two plenaries and six technical sessions, covering issues ranging from CBA knowledge management, to health related issues of climate change and the role of ecosystems in adaptation to climate change.

Met with the most interest however, was the plenary on funding and funding architecture, where options, opportunities, challenges and news were shared on this hot topic.

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PLENARY SESSION: FUNDING AND FUNDING ARCHITECTURE TO SUPPORT UP-SCALING
Andrew Adwera, African Centre for Technology Studies
Session Chair Fumiko Fukuoka, UNDP

Sarwat Chowdhury, UNDP Bangladesh

Leena Wokeck, AIT

TECHNICAL SESSION ON HEALTH
Rada Dukpa, Royal Ministry of Health, Bhutan
Iqbal Kabir, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Bangladesh
L-R: Osama Kettaneh, Ministry of Health, Jordan;
Thuan Thi Nguyen
, Red Cross/Red Crescent; Kristie Ebi, ClimAdapt LLC; Joy Guillemot, World Health Organisation
TUESDAY, 29 MARCH 2011

On Tuesday, the CBA’s 300 participants bustled around the Sheraton Hotel in Dhaka, improving capacities to scale up CBA in six technical sessions, engaging in interactive games in which they sometimes had to dodge flying frisbees in three plenaries, and perusing the morning and afternoon poster sessions.

Topics of the day included discussions on the economics of CBA, synergies between disaster risk reduction and CBA; institutional capacity dimensions of scaling up CBA; tools and toolkits for adaptation; national policy action to foster CBA; agriculture, local resilience and climate prediction services; communicating knowledge about CBA.

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PLENARY SESSION ON NATIONAL ACTION TO FOSTER CBA
Legesse Gebremeskel, Ethiopian Environmental Protection Authority
Panelists during the session, L-R: Jeremiah Mushosho, Zero Regional Environment Organization; Nick Hall, Plan International; Legesse Gebremeskel, Ethiopian Environmental Protection Authority; Arivudai Nambi Appadurai, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation; Nahau Rooney, Manus Provincial Government; and Session Chair Heather McGray, World Resources Institute.
TECHNICAL SESSION ON THE ECONOMICS OF CBA
Rachel Berger, Practical Action
Martin Obermaier, REDEH
L-R: Jessica Frank, Twin Trading; Katharine Cross, IUCN;
Ricky Carl, Federated States of Micronesia;Martin Obermaier, REDEH; and Maria Rebecca Campos, University of the Philippines
MONDAY, 28 MARCH 2011

The Fifth International Conference On Community-Based Adaptation (CBA), organized by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), and the Ring alliance of policy research organizations, opened today at the Sheraton Hotel in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The Conference theme is “Scaling Up: Beyond Pilots.” Participants heard an inaugural speech by Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, took part in an interactive plenary discussion re-establishing the importance of continuing discussions on the key concepts and terms of CBA, and participated in technical sessions on adaptive capacity, gender and water governance and climate change adaptation.

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INAUGURAL SESSION
Honourable Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister, Bangladesh
Saleemul Huq, Senior Fellow, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Hasan Mahmood, State Minister, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Bangladesh
PLENARY: KEY CONCEPTS AND TERMS IN CBA
Lisa Schipper, Stockholm Environment Institute
L-R: Saleemul Huq, IIED; Marcus Oxley, Global Network for Disaster Reduction;
Harjeet Singh, ActionAid; David Dodman, IIED; and Marten Mylius, Oxfam GB.
TECHNICAL SESSION ON GENDER
Achala Chandani, IIED
Kathleen Mogelgaard, Population Action International

Charles Onyango Nyandiga, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Krystel Dossou, Organisation des Femmes pour la gestion de l’Energie, de l’Environnement et la promotion du Développment Intégré (OFEDI)

L-R: Assalama Sidi, Plan International,
and Basra Ali, independent community development consultant
Related Links
IIED resources
*Conference website
*Conference programme
*Conference flyer
*Community Champions: Adapting to Climate Challenges
*CBA Conference 2010

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of the Development and Climate Days at COP 16, 4-5 December 2010, Cancún, Mexico
*IISD RS coverage of the Cancún Climate Change Conference, 29 November - 11 December 2010, Cancún, Mexico
*IISD RS coverage of the CBA Conference 2010, 25-27 February 2010, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
*IISD RS coverage of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Technical Workshop on Advancing the Integration of Approaches to Adaptation Planning, 12-14 October 2009, UN Conference Centre (UNCC), Bangkok, Thailand
*IISD RS coverage of the SCBA Conference 2009, 18-24 February 2009, Dhaka, Bangladesh
*IISD RS coverage of the CBA Conference 2007, 24-28 February 2007, Dhaka, Bangladesh
*IISD RS archive of meetings on climate change, and backgrounder
*Climate-L - A mailing list for news on climate change policy
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*SIDS Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
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