CBA10 Proceedings: Enhancing urban community resilience
Community-based adaptation (CBA) recognizes that the root causes of vulnerability and resilience to climate impacts, and much knowledge and capacity on how to adapt, are embedded in societies and cultures. This means the focus of adaptation policies and actions needs to be on empowering and supporting communities to take action based on their own decision-making processes. Actions need not be limited to the local level; indeed CBA can operate at the city or even national level. But such mainstreamed or up-scaled actions must not lose their emphasis on local needs, priorities, knowledge and the capacities of vulnerable communities most at risk.
The tenth anniversary and most recent CBA conference returned to Dhaka, Bangladesh, 21-28 April 2016. The International University of Bangladesh (IUB) campus hosted the event with more than 300 participants from around the world. In light of the fact that more than half of the world’s population now live in urban centres, and growing numbers of vulnerable urban communities are struggling with climate change impacts and finding ways to cope, the theme for CBA10 was ‘Enhancing Urban Community Resilience’. Following the field trips, the University-based conference sessions included high-level panels, formal presentations in thematic plenary or parallel sessions, poster and video sessions, debates, small group work and a large number of interactive ‘out-of-the-box’ sessions.
These are the conference proceedings of CBA10.