By Alex Batka
This year the 8th International Conference on Community-based Adaptation (CBA8) is taking place in Kathmandu, Nepal. In the past, the conference has focused on mainstreaming and communicating CBA, among other themes, but this year the conversation is centered on financing local adaptation.
Nepal is a leader when it comes to financing CBA, and I cannot think of a better country to host such an event. Not only has the Government of Nepal allocated 80% of global adaptation funds to the local level, but they have also produced a Local Adaptation Plan for Action (LAPA) in addition to their National Adaptation Plan for Action (NAPA), making it clear that local adaptation is a priority.
The Inaugural Plenary and Conference Welcome took place today with many distinguished speakers, most notably the Prime Minister of Nepal, Rt. Hon. Sushil Koirala, who stressed that enhanced global funding is needed to help the poor and marginalized communities that are bearing the brunt of climate change through little fault of their own. It was encouraging to see such support from government officials, and it geared participants up for the afternoon sessions to come.