Last week more than 300 climate change specialists from 60 countries gathered in Hanoi, Vietnam for the 6th Conference on Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change.
The meeting, organised by IIED and partners, included three days of visits to communities across Vietnam that are already adapting to climatic changes. The main conference that followed included sessions on agriculture, water, economics, disasters, and adaptation in urban communities.
The conference theme was communication, and the meeting included ‘out-of-the-box’ sessions on subjects such as blogging, working with the media, and using games to communicate risk. In keeping with the theme, the conference broadcast live interviews online each day and uploaded 50 more interviews to YouTube. Delegates also wrote nearly 30 blog posts and produced thousands of tweets, using the Twitter hashtag #CBA6. For details of these outputs, see the links below.
The international delegates evaluated the different adaptation projects they visited and awarded a special “Solidarity Prize” of US$5000 to the best one. This was a Save the Children project in the North of Vietnam in which children play a key role in disaster preparedness.
The 7th International Conference on Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change will take place in April 2013, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.