CBA Conference 2011
28-31 March 2011 (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Excerpted from the IISD Reporting Services summary report of the meeting

The Fifth International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) was organized by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS). It was themed “Scaling Up: Beyond Pilots,” focusing on the need to spread CBA knowledge and practical lessons horizontally across communities and vertically across levels of governance and action. The conference began with an inaugural speech by Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and included daily morning and afternoon plenaries, numerous daily technical sessions, a poster session, and British Council-sponsored short film presentations, to be posted on the Climate4Classrooms website: Plenary and technical sessions covered topics such as: agriculture, local resilience and climate prediction services; communicating knowledge about CBA; bridging local, sub-national and national levels in adaptation; gender; health; funding and funding architecture; supporting adaptive capacity; the economics of CBA; CBA tools and toolkits; and synergies between disaster risk reduction, ecosystems, wider development projects and CBA.

Among presentations of relevance to TK, Bhathiya Kekulandala, Practical Action, presented on adapting water resource management practices to account for climate change risks and reduce vulnerability in Sri Lanka. She described local community engagement leading to the rehabilitation of traditional irrigation systems, modification of cultivation practices, and crop selection. Madyoury Tandia, the Centre for Innovation for Development (TENMIYA), described a project aimed at rehabilitating degraded land in southern Mauritania. He stated that through mobilization of the community through awareness raising and capacity building, efforts were made to restore farmlands using a watershed approach, traditional practices, and local know-how. Discussing building resiliency across the Solomon Islands, Jimmy Kereseka, The Lauru Land Conference of Tribal Communities promoted working with traditional leaders to make decisions sustainable and successful. Ben Twinomugisha, Ecological Christian Organization, outlined barriers to integrating scientific technology and indigenous knowledge, and discussed means to scale up. He stated that the future of small-scale farming will be threatened if not strengthened by modern science and technology, and that scientists must take account of local and indigenous knowledge. Linda Kiluma, Environmental Protection and Management Services, discussed enhancing adaptive capacities of communities in semi-arid areas by harmonizing indigenous knowledge on weather forecasting with conventional forecasting. Visit the conference website including daily video blogs from Dr. Saleemul Huq … Read the IISD Reporting Services summary report of the meeting …