Community Based adaptation (CBA) provides climate change adaptation planning and investments at the local level where the impacts are most felt. Unfortunately, many traditional CBA programmes fail to address systemic issues influencing climate vulnerability and do not appropriately incentivise stakeholders to continue adaptation efforts beyond programme funding cycles, which leads to a slow disintegration of systems and behaviours built through adaptation programs.
The session will highlight case studies of community based disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation projects with concrete examples from implementing partners in the region and other actors, including donor agencies and local governments. It will also explore how different climate change adaptation implementation programs have contributed to transformational change in the countries of operations.
This session will also connect to the discussion held at the Community Based Adaptation Conference (CBA15), to ensure inclusion of key messages and continuity in narrative between events that address issues of CBA and improved access to climate finance at the local level.
- Highlight the need of transformation at not only sectoral and national levels, but at local levels;
- Illustrate practical examples of how transformation has been applied for different actors in the Asia Pacific region;
- Provide concrete recommendations on how to build transformation into program design and implementation.
- Aditya Bahadur, Principal researcher, Human Settlements, IIED
- Afsari Begum, Project Manager, Practical Action Bangladesh
- Sushila Pandit, Programme Manager, Mercy Corps’ Managing Risk through Economic. Development (MRED) program
- Arghya Sinha Roy, Senior Climate Change Specialist, Asian Development Bank
Moderated by: Jeremy Stone, Regional Resilience Director, Mercy Corps