Global Initiative on Community Based Adaptation (GICBA)

Over the past few years there has been a growing interest in Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) to climate change in developing countries, which has led to a significant and growing number of actions on the ground by NGOs and research organizations. Many of these institutions have been exploring the possibilities of linking efforts in order to achieve a greater level of synergy around CBA.

As part of this collective thinking, the Global Initiative on Community-Based Adaptation (GICBA) has been initiated in response to a growing interest in CBA approaches and strategies to climate change in developing countries. This proposed initiative is not meant to take the place of or compete with other projects or activities but to enable sharing and synergies between efforts by all organisations (and individuals) working on community-based adaptation to climate change.

CBA8 Conference April 2014

What are the latest developments in community-based adaptation financing, planning and best practices? IIED's 8th Annual Community Based Adaptation Conference (CBA8) aims to provide the latest thinking from climate scientists, policy makers and practitioners to answer this question, and to share lessons learned.

Based in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 24-30 April 2014, CBA8 includes:
  • three days of field visits to projects in Nepal (24-26 April – locations to be confirmed) to examine how communities in different ecosystems are dealing with financing local adaptation, plus
  • three-and-a-half days of plenary and interactive sessions (27-30 April) at the conference in Kathmandu, Nepal's capital city 

For more information on the conference and how to register please visit the CBA 8 website. If you can't attend in person please note that you can register to be a Virtual Internet Participant.

Aims and objectives of CBA8

To consolidate and share the latest developments in community-based adaptation financing, planning and best practice in different sectors and countries globally.

CBA8 aims to:

• Bring together different stakeholders and practitioners to share and discuss knowledge of CBA financing, planning and best practice

• Enhance the capacity of the most vulnerable groups and people, improve their livelihoods and integrate lessons learnt on financing CBA into local, national and international planning for development and climate change

• Share lessons learnt at the conference through the online event coverage

• Develop a minimum set of advocacy 'asks' for financing local adaptation


The 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. 

The latest (7th) International Conference on CBA took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh in April 2013. Attended by over 250 participants, with many more participating virtually, the conference focussed on mainstreaming CBA into national and local planning processes. You can watch all of the plenary presentations on the IIED youtube channel, with highlights including sessions on CBA in agriculture, CBA in urban areas, case studies from Cambodia on mainstreaming CBA into national planning and ways to finance CBA. Alternatively access all of the presentations on slideshare, and for a summary of the conference head to the IIED conference website.

The next conference will be in Nepal from 24th-30th April - see above for details.

Previous Conferences

See the videos below for information on the themes discussed at the 5th and 7th conferences. For interviews with speakers at the 6th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation please see here.


Overall GICBA Objectives

  • Collective thinking and engagement around Community-Based Adaptation: Creating a shared global community
  • Promote CBA to climate change nationally and globally
  • Generate and share evidence based research and experience on CBA to climate change
  • 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 the capacity of all stakeholders to support efforts at designing, implementing and scaling up CBA to climate change activities 
  • Support mainstreaming CBA into local and national development planning

GICBA Resources

- The weADAPT Adaptation Layer is a space where you can share your CBA projects - have a look at some examples in the 'Latest Case Studies' section, top-left  The Adaptation layer allows others to know about ongoing initiatives - it visually presents who is doing .what and where. You can add projects to the Community Based Adaptation Layer by watching this short tutorial.

You can add longer articles about your projects to the GICBA Knowledge Base by going to the 'How do I contribute?' section here and link them to the Adaptation Layer.

- The  CBA-Exchange (CBAX) website, which is a dedicated online space for practitioners, researchers and policy advisors to engage with each other and learn more about and share CBA initiatives, research and news. Please join, engage and share CBA resources, experiences and commentary with your colleagues and peers from across the globe.

Add your project to the Google Earth CBA Layer by filling in this short form.