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Friday, 27 February 2009
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Third International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change
18-24 February 2009, Hotel Sheraton | Dhaka, Bangladesh

The Third International Workshop on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change was held at the Sheraton Hotel in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 18-24 February 2009. The event was organized jointly by the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the RING Alliance of Policy Research Organizations. It was cosponsored by the British High Commission in Bangladesh, CARE Bangladesh, Christian Aid UK, the Danish Embassy in Bangladesh, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Oxfam-GB, Practical Action UK, and WWF UK.

The event consisted of three days of field visits to observe community-based adaptation (CBA) initiatives first hand. This was followed by three days of interactive workshop discussions in Dhaka. The aim of the event was to share the latest developments in adaptation planning and practices at different levels and disseminate knowledge among stakeholders, with a view to integrating adaptation into national and international development programmes. More than 140 participants representing governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations, research institutions, UN agencies and development organizations participated in the conference, along with grassroots and development practitioners and the media. More.

Photos from the Conference and Field Visit to Chapai Nawabgonj District, a drought-prone region in northwest Bangladesh

Journey to Chapai Nawabgonj: Photos from the bus ride to Rajshahi, meeting and greeting at the Caritas regional office with Caritas and BMDA representatives, and travel to the Caritas Unit Office at Adda in Parbatipur Union, Gomostapur Upazial.

Visit to Dharmapur, Krishnaputur and Jinarpur villages: Photos from visits to Dharmapur, Krishnaputur and Jinarpur, in Chapai Nawabgonj, where participants visited an information center and viewed various adaptation techniques, including drip irrigation and integrated farming systems.

Chapai Nawabgonj and International Mother Language Day in Rajshahi: Photos from Pukuria Ecovillage, in Nachol Upazila, to view the supply of drinking water through extracting groundwater by using a PV pump. Photos of the International Mother Language Day celebration in Rajshahi, and the Padma River.

Nobel Laureate Mohammad Yunus addresses the conference (left) and Saleem Huq, IIED, and Atiq Rahman, BCAS (right photo)
Ian Burton, University of Toronto, Ambassador Bagher Asadi, Iran, Atiq Rahman, BCAS, and Mohammad Yunus
Panelists of the technical session on mainstreaming and partnership: Nicolas Parker, University of Michigan, Tiffany Hodgeson, UNFCCC Secretariat, Session Chair Ambassador Bagher Asadi, Iran, Atiqur Rahman, IFAD, and Marie-Ange Baudoin, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Participants during the technical session on mainstreaming and partnership
Ashraful Amin, BCAS, Katy Oswald, IDS, and Session Chair Penny Urquhart, sustainable development practitioner, South Africa
Methods and Tools for Designing CBA: Katie Dietrich, Pennsylvania State University, US, Olivia Warrick, University of Waikato, New Zealand, Vanuatu, and Monirul Mirza, Environment Canada
Ian Noble, World Bank, reporting on one of the sessions addressing adaptation measures and practices for agriculture
Participants watch a video of the field visits.
A view of the dais during the closing plenary session
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Meeting flyer
BCAS website

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