SGP participated in the 13th international conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA13) that took place on 1-4 April 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The theme of the conference was "Local Solutions Inspiring Global Action" and was attended by more than 250 practitioners, grassroots representatives, policymakers and donors gathered to discuss how adaptation can contribute to a climate resilient future. Three central topics under discussion were:
- Climate finance: what are the mechanisms and enabling environments needed for climate finance to flow at scale to support effective adaptation?
- Adaptation technology: how can long-term and existing, as well as the wave of new and emerging, technologies and practices be harnessed to build resilience?
- Policy engagement: how can the wealth of learning generated through widespread experiences of local climate action best inform the policies of the most vulnerable countries?
The conference was also an opportunity to get local level adaptation on the international climate-change agenda with the conference findings and reports to be presented to the Global Commission on Adaptation, a high-level body that aims to boost awareness of climate adaptation and spur practical solutions. The Commission is preparing a flagship report on climate action and will present its findings at the 2019 UN Climate Summit in New York in September. Learn more about CBA 13 here: https://www.iied.org/cba13-event-highlights
At the conference SGP launched its latest CBA brochure entitled ‘Local Solutions: adapting to climate change in SIDS’ to conference participants. The brochure highlighted the SIDS and MAP CBA programme implemented by GEF SGP with funding from DFAT, and featured case studies from Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, Timor Leste, Kiribati, Palau and Mauritius. These projects showcased SGP’s CBA interventions in the following areas: climate smart agriculture, disaster risk reduction, clean water and sanitation, coastal zone management, agro-ecology and biodiversity conservation.