11th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA11)

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The 11th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA11) will will take place in Kampala, Uganda from 26-29 June 2017. The event has the theme 'Harnessing natural resources and ecosystems for adaptation'.

Registration for this event has now closed. If you would like to enquire about making a late booking, please email us at cbaconference@iied.org.

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The information below gives you further information about CBA11.

The CBA11 conference takes place in Kampala, Uganda from 26-29 June 2017. Field visits accompanying the conference will take place in various parts of Uganda from 22-25 June.

CBA11 aims to share and consolidate the latest developments in community-based adaptation practices, policy and theory across sectors globally. It aims to strengthen the existing network of practitioners, policymakers, planners and donors working on all levels of community-based adaptation, and enhance the capacity of practitioners, governments and donors to help improve the livelihoods of those most vulnerable to climate change.

This year CBA11 will combine with the Regional National Adaptation Plan Expo. In parallel sessions, participants will have the opportunity to discuss how to strengthen considerations regarding vulnerable communities, groups and ecosystems under the process to formulate and implement National Adaptation Plans.

The 2017 conference will be hosted by the Government of Uganda. It is being organised by IIED, the International Centre on Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), the Makerere University Centre for Climate Change Research and Innovations (MUCCRI) and the Ugandan Ministry of Water and Environment.

Conference programme

The CBA11 conference will include plenary and parallel interactive sessions, hands-on learning approaches, group discussions, high-level speaker panels, video competitions, poster presentations and more.

CBA11 conference (outline schedule)

26 June – Conference day 1, including opening plenary, full day sessions, followed by welcome dinner

27 June – Conference day 2

28 June – Conference day 3

29 June – Conference day 4 (half day), including final plenary sessions, reflections and closing debate

We advise that you arrive on and before 25 June.

Field visits

Optional CBA11 field visits will take place over three days ahead of the CBA11 conference. Participants will visit CBA projects in different ecosystems across Uganda, and will return shortly before the formal conference opens.

CBA11 field visits schedule

22 June – Field arrivals and welcome dinner

23 June – Depart Kampala for field day 1

24 June – Field day 2

25 June – Field day 3 and return to Kampala

Choosing field visits

Registered delegates will be asked to give details of their top three preferences and we will do our best to arrange delegates' preferred field visit, although we cannot guarantee it. Field sites will be within 1-4 hours drive of the city of Kampala.


Registration via Eventbrite has now ended. Email us at cbaconference@iied.org if you would like to enquire about making a late boooking.


Conference-only tickets £775
(Places on the field visits are no longer available)

Your conference ticket includes:

• Registration for the 3.5-day conference
• Lunch and refreshments throughout the conference
• Conference opening dinner, and
• CBA11 conference pack.

Excludes: travel, accommodation, visa, and travel insurance.

A conference and field visit ticket also includes:

Accommodation and field briefing dinner in Kampala on 22 June
Travel to the field visit sites
Accommodation and meals on site on 23 and 24 June

Full venue and accommodation information will follow once registration is confirmed. Once you have registered, the CBA team will send you regular email updates, including information about the venue, hotels and logistics, guidance on travel and visa processes, as well as news and programme updates.

How to register

The registration process on Eventbrite has now ended. To contact us about the possibility of late registration: email us at cbaconference@iied.org

Unfortunately we do not have funding available to sponsor participants for this event.

Delegates will be asked whether they are interested being a discussant at the conference, or in presenting work through oral, poster or film presentations. The CBA team will publish regular email updates, including logistics information, guidance on travel, accommodation and visa processes, as well as news and programme updates. If you have any questions about the conference or registration, email us at cbaconference@iied.org.

Therev are opportunities to present a poster or film at the conference, or a panellist or discussant. But please note that as the programme gets finalised, it will be increasingly difficult to accommodate the wishes of those who want to speak at CBA11 who register after June.

Travel and accommodation

You are responsible for arranging your own travel, accommodation, visa and travel insurance. Once registered you will receive information on the venue and nearby hotels.


Most visitors to the Republic of Uganda will need to obtain a visa before they arrive at their port of entry (such as the airport). For a list of fees and visa-exempt nationalities, visit www.immigration.go.ug/content/visas-and-passes.

The Republic of Uganda has recently introduced an e-visa application system, and you are advised to apply online for an e-visa as far in advance as possible at www.immigration.go.ug. All travellers to the Republic of Uganda MUST have a valid yellow fever immunisation card to show at the point of entry.

Latest information

For full and up-to-date information, including details regarding travel, visas and accommodation, please visit our website: www.iied.org/CBA11

Registration and payment methods

Payments can be made by Mastercard, Visa, Visa Debit and American Express credit cards. Please have your card details ready when registering, as well as your passport information.

If you have any difficulties registering, please email cbaconference@iied.org.

After you have completed the registration and payment process, you will will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite. Please keep this confirmation email for future reference.

Refund and cancellation policy

You will be eligible for a ticket refund if you notify the organisers before 22 May, 2017. The level of refund you will receive depends on the date of notice. If you are eligible for a refund the funds will be processed five days after the event has ended. You will receive:

  • 90% refund if cancelled before 13 March, 2017 (10 per cent admin charge)
  • 50% refund if cancelled between 13 March and 31 May, 2017
  • No refund if cancelled after 31 May 2017.

The notification of cancellation should be made in writing to cbaconference@iied.org.

Note: these terms were updated on 15 May to reflect the extension to the booking deadline to 31 May.


  1. All participants are responsible for securing their own travel insurance. Field visit participants may spend a lot of the day walking in hot temperatures. By registering for field visits, the participant confirms that his/her health is adequate.
  2. IIED reserves the right to postpone or cancel the conference or transfer it to another site if unforeseen circumstances warrant such action.
  3. In the event that the conference or field visit cannot be held or is postponed due to events beyond the control of the organisers, or due to events which are not attributable to wrongful intent or gross negligence of the organisers, IIED cannot be held liable by delegates for any damages, costs or losses incurred, such as travel, accommodation, insurance, visa applications and other related costs. Under these circumstances IIED reserves the right to retain the ticket fee of the participant.
  4. The event will be photographed and/or videotaped on behalf of the organisers for display, distribution and broadcast, including on television and via the worldwide web. By attending or participating in this event you agree to give your consent to be photographed and/or videotaped, and waive any claims regarding the use of your image or contribution.
  5. By registering you agree to receive periodic emails from cbaconference@iied.org strictly related to important CBA conference announcements. We will not share your information with any third parties but will continue to contact you after the event with future CBA announcements. You can opt out at any time.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

For all enquiries, please contact cbaconference@iied.org and the event manager (Amy Gibson) or local logistics coordinator (Susan Nanduddu) will respond promptly.

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Organiser International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Organiser of 11th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA11)

IIED is a policy and action research organisation. We promote sustainable development to improve livelihoods and protect the environments on which these livelihoods are built. We specialise in linking local priorities to global challenges. IIED is based in London and works in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific, with some of the world’s most vulnerable people. We work with them to strengthen their voice in the decision making arenas that affect them — from village councils to international conventions.

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