West Africa learning event report- Community-Based Adaptation (CBA)
Recognizing the need for strengthening CBA practice across West Africa, CARE International’s Adaptation Learning Program (ALP), the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and ENDA Energie-Environnement-Développement organized a regional learning event on Community Based Adaptation in Cotonou, Benin, in September 2013. The objective was to foster learning among adaptation practitioners, researchers and decision makers, towards replication and up-scaling of Community Based Adaptation (CBA) to overcome the threats posed by climate change. Specifically, the aim was to learn how to more improve and spread ongoing adaptation and thereby contribute to enhanced food security, climate resilient livelihoods, reduced risks and improved environmental management.
This conference brought together over 70 people from 50 organisations in twelve countries in West Africa. The participants had a diversity of sectoral and institutional backgrounds, ranging from grassroots CBA work at the local level, to adaptation policy, research, climate information, governance, finance and advocacy. All participants had relevant experiences to share, and contributed to the discussion of critical questions relating to improving CBA in practice.