This year marks the 10th anniversary of Community Based Adaption (CBA) Conferences. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Enhancing Urban Community Resilience‘. CBA10 aims to share and unite the latest developments in community-based adaptation practices, policy and theory across sectors globally. The conference is being organized in association with the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB). This conference is to be held at the campus of Independent University Bangladesh (IUB) from April 21st to 28th.
In the meantime, Youth Community-Based Adaption (YCBA), a similar event will run a parallel conference which will aim to target young people to assess from the grass root level. It aims to strengthen the existing network of practitioners, policymakers, planners and donors working on all levels of community-based adaptation. The ultimate goal is to enhance the knowledge platform of this group of individuals so that they can ultimately improve the livelihoods of their community.
The YCBA will take place at North South University (NSU) from the 25th-27th April. This year’s conference is set to target participants aged from 15-25, where 20% is expected to be from school, 30% High school and 50% from Universities. The two day youth conference is organized by Plan International Bangladesh and International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) along with Save the Children, WaterAid Bangladesh and Bangladesh Youth Environmental Initiative (BYEI).
“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our Youth for the future.”
-Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The theme of this year youth conference aims not only to engage with the brightest talents and academics of our country but also to learn from them to better assess the problems to find better solutions for their individual communities. As the saying goes, it is a necessity to engage the youth of our nation so that we can prepare them as the front runners of Climate Change.
The participants will also get the opportunity to visit the communities which are most vulnerable and are suffering from the adverse effects of climate change. All in all, the conference shall focus on assimilating communal engagement in climate change adaptation to build and enhance systems not only to benefit young people but also to create an environment where the community as a whole can also learn from. International participants who took part in the last CBA youth conference in Kenya last year, are also expected to come this year and share their experience and learning from the conference.
The 10th community based adaptation youth conference aims to continue its journey where young people from different backgrounds will get the platform to share and interact with experts from different fields of climate change. As a whole, they will learn and enrich their knowledge for a sustainable future of Bangladesh.
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Article Courtesy of:
Adnan Qader. Jennifer Khadim & Rigan A.Khan