Kathmandu, May 8, 2014 — On April 24-30 in Kathmandu, Asia Foundation’s climate change adaptation experts joined over 400 participants from more than 60 countries to attend the International Institute for Environment and Development’s 8th International Conference on Community-based Adaptation (CBA8) to climate change. Participating Foundation experts include Kourtnii Brown, program officer for the Foundation’s Environment Programs; Shameem Siddiqi, acting deputy country representative for the Foundation in Bangladesh; Muanpong Juntopas, project manager for Flood Recovery for the Foundation in Thailand; and Bancha Kwanyuen, the Foundation’s Rockefeller Foundation-sponsored water management specialist from Thailand.
The conference shared the latest developments in local adaptation financing, planning, and best practices, and assessed how well adaptation funding is reaching those most exposed to the impacts of climate change. The event gathered notable participants including Sushil Koirala, Honorable Prime Minister, Government of Nepal; Christiana Figueres, executive secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); Jose Maria Clemente Sarte Salceda, board co-chair of Green Climate Fund; Mamadou Honadia, board vice-chair of Adaptation Fund; and Margaret Mukahanana Sangarwe, former chair, UNFCCC Adaptation Committee.
Delegates examined ways to secure private sector finance to support community initiatives, for example through micro-credit and climate change insurance schemes. The conference also included three days of field visits to show delegates the challenges and successes that local Nepali communities face for financing community-based adaptation projects.
During the closing ceremony, CBA8 delegates released a statement that calls for a radical shift in financial flows to ensure the most vulnerable communities around the globe can adapt to climate change. The Kathmandu Declaration on Financing Local Adaptation to Climate Change articulates recommendations for strengthening international and national finance for community-based adaptation, and for promoting private sector investments in local adaptation plans. Christiana Figueres welcomed the Kathmandu Declaration and said current funding for adaptation was “pathetically insufficient.” She urged countries to include community-based adaptation in their National Adaptation Plans.
The Asia Foundation’s Environment programs support Asian initiatives to ensure the sustainability of the environment and natural resources critical to Asia’s development and future well-being. The Foundation works with a broad range of local stakeholders including civil society, government, and the private sector.