An international conference in Nepal next month aims to show how to unlock finance that can help communities in developing countries adapt to climate change.
The 8th International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA8) on 24-30 April will explore ways to encourage the private sector to invest in adaptation and ensure that public finance reaches communities that need it.
The meeting in Kathmandu is organised by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies and Clean Energy Nepal on behalf of Climate Change Network Nepal. The Government of Nepal will host the conference.
Speakers will include:
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
Jose Maria Clemente Sarte Salceda Co-Chair, Green Climate Fund Board
Mamadou Honadia, Vice Chair of Adaptation Fund Board
Margaret Mukahanana-Sangarwe, Chair UNFCCC Adaptation Committee
Prakash Mathema, Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group
Pa Ousman Jarju, Climate Envoy of the Gambia
Thomas Loster, Munich Re Foundation
Cristina Rumbaitis, Rockefeller Foundation
The conference will gather policymakers, researchers and others to explore what funding is available and where, and assess how well it reaches those most exposed to the impacts of climate change.
Delegates will also examine ways to secure private sector finance to support community initiatives, for example through micro-credit and climate insurance.
"As the cost of adaptation rises, the need for finance to reach communities will grow more urgent," says Dr Saleemul Huq, senior fellow at IIED. "Governments must strive to ensure public money can filter down to poorer communities, and create incentives for the private sector to invest in community-based adaptation."
The conference will tackle barriers funding agencies face in distributing climate finance both fairly and efficiently, while government bodies will share experiences on building capacity to access and, importantly, spend adaptation finance.
The programme will also examine funds available to finance disaster risk reduction, and new methods governments can use to demonstrate to donors that they spend international finance for local adaptation wisely.
Three days of field visits that precede the conference will show delegates the challenges local communities face with finance for adaptation.
As the conference's final outcome, delegates will make a joint declaration that will aim to ensure global and national adaptation funds prioritise the most vulnerable communities.
"Vulnerable communities can use their own knowledge and experiences to design and manage effective adaptation programmes, but they need finance to make this happen," says Huq. "They know what works, but need funds to scale up their efforts. CBA8 is an opportunity for practitioners to share lessons on how to do, and to emphasise to funding agencies, policymakers and others how important it is that private investment reaches local communities."
"CBA8 is an opportunity for Nepal to share the exemplary work it has done in community based adaptation and learn from the experiences of participants from all over the world," says Sunil Acharya, Program Director at Clean Energy Nepal.
More than 300 participants will attend the conference. Anyone unable to travel to Kathmandu can register here as virtual participants. They will receive daily updates, including conference materials, live and recorded webcasts and will also be able to send and receive messages.
How to take part
The conference is open to anyone interested in community-based adaptation: particularly policymakers, non-governmental organisations, research and policy institutes, academics and practitioners with a particular focus on grassroots adaptation work.
Participants are encouraged to bring and present posters on the financing aspects of CBA project activities. Attendance is limited to 250 participants, all of whom must complete an online application form.
Once registration has been completed, participants who have already secured funding will be asked to complete this payment form.
Unfortunately, applications are no longer being accepted from participants who require funding, but these are encouraged to sign up as Virtual Internet Participants (see VIPs section below).
Can't attend the conference? Worried about your carbon footprint? Don't worry, there is no need to miss out. We will be tweeting and blogging live from the conference, and we will also post video interviews with key speakers here on this page to allow you to participate virtually.
Those unable to attend can also register as a Virtual Internet Participant (VIP) to join the same online networking and collaboration spaces and contribute to the final conference outcomes. Virtual participants can:
• Watch some conference presentations and interviews with key speakers
• Receive regular updates throughout the whole event via tweets, blogs and video footage, all uploaded to the conference website allowing them to learn alongside real participants
• Make valuable connections for future collaboration on global CBA projects.
For further information, contact the Conference secretariat:
Contacts for interviews
Saleemul Huq, IIED (email@example.com)
Raju Pandit Chhetri, Clean Energy Nepal (firstname.lastname@example.org)
International Institute for Environment and Development
80-86 Gray’s Inn Road
London WC1X 8NH, UK.
Tel: +44 (0)20 3463 7399
Fax: +44 (0)20 3514 9055
Notes to editors
The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is an independent, non-profit research institute. Set up in 1971 and based in London, IIED provides expertise and leadership in researching and achieving sustainable development