ECOTRUST took part in the 11th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA11), hosted by the Government of Uganda, in Kampala from the 26th-29th June, 2017.
CBA focuses on empowering communities to use their own knowledge and decision-making processes to take action on climate change. Held under the theme ‘Harnessing natural resources and ecosystems for adaptation,’ the 11th Conference was designed to enhance the capacity of stakeholders (practitioners, policymakers, planners and donors working on community-based adaptation at all levels and scales) to work together to improve the livelihoods of those most vulnerable to climate change. It provided an opportunity to review the latest developments in CBA practice, policy and theory with participants from around the world. It also highlighted the benefits and challenges of using natural resources and ecosystems as part of adaptation work.
The formal conference featured plenary and parallel interactive sessions, hands-on learning opportunities, group discussions, high-level speaker panels, video competitions, poster presentations and more. Ahead of the conference, delegates took part in field visits to community adaptation projects located in a variety of ecosystems in Uganda.
ECOTRUST shared success stories during the Plenary Session on ‘Financing community based adaptation and ecosystem based adaptation’ which explored how barriers have been overcome and innovative approaches to financing promoted. Ideas were exchanged on linkages between finances, national plans and local measures. The session also dug into issues of ensuring effectiveness of CBA/EBA investments while promoting transparency, accountability and anti-corruption safeguards.
This year’s conference was organized by The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Makerere University, and Uganda Ministry of Water and Environment.