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Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change Bulletin

The Fifth International Conference on Community-Based
Adaptation (CBA), organized by the International Institute for
Environment and Development (IIED) and Bangladesh Centre
for Advanced Studies (BCAS), took place at the Sheraton Hotel
in Dhaka, Bangladesh from Monday, 28 to Thursday, 31 March
2010. The conference 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.

Over 390 participants, representing over 190 nongovernmental
organizations (NGOs), branches of government,
international organizations, and academia were in attendance.
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:
http://uk.climate4classrooms.org/. 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. Additionally,
prior to the conference, 300 of the participants took part in
multiple three-day field trips to locations around Bangladesh
illustrating CBA.

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