The CBA11 Youth Conference – 28-29th June 2017
The CBA11 International Youth Conference was held at Hotel Africana Kampala on June 28 and 29, 2017 and focused on the theme ‘Enhancing the Ability of Youth to Build Eco-System Resilience’.
The youth Conference hosted by Makerere University Centre for Climate Change Research and Innovations (MUCCRI) hosted at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) in collaboration with European Union (EU), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of United Nations, International Institute for Environment, and Development (IIED) and the Ministry of Water and Environment was held at Hotel Africana Kampala on June 28 and 29, 2017 and focused on the theme ‘Enhancing the Ability of Youth to Build Ecosystem Resilience’. And was an affiliation session parallel to the main CBA11 International Conference held from 26th to 29thJune 2017 at Royal Suites Bugolobi, Kampala.
The Conference attracted over 150 youth from Uganda, Kenya, Namibia, India, Ethiopia, and Nepal. The two-day Community Based Adaption (CBA11) Youth Conference aimed at raise awareness, engaging, and sensitizing the youth on Community adaptation and resilience to Climate Change and build a climate change knowledge base and innovations.
The work day opened with educative and youth participatory sessions like; “Connecting youth across the borders”, “Experience sharing of Vietnam CBA youth Conference”, “Youth, climate smart agriculture and ecosystem resilience”, “A youth agenda for sustainable agricultural transformation in an era of climate change and out-migration”, “Youth skills and knowledge for long-term future planning”, and “Youth in participatory adaptation”.
The CBA11 Youth Conference was attended by officials from Ministry of Water and Environment, Makerere University, International Water Management Institute (IWMI); Delegates from FAO, European Union (EU), IIED, Climate Action Network Uganda (CAN-U); the media; representatives from the Youth Go Green Group and youth from national and international universities and higher institutions of learning… read more.
The morning sessions of Day 2, CBA11 Youth Conference was filled with Youth Group work and presentations where the youth shared ideas and solutions to teaser questions on discussion topics like; “Youth and adaptation”, “Youth leadership for climate resilience”, “Gender equality and adaptation planning”, and “Education and training”. Later in the afternoon, the Youth where briefed about Youth Go Green activities and MUCCRI activities.
The Conference aimed to incorporate the ideas and innovations of youth in the policy recommendation on community based adaptation to climate change. It was multi-dimensional involving discussions on how the youth can engage in climate change adaptation, but importantly looking at ways of building long lasting, beneficial, and sustainable systems that can benefit young people while enhancing their ability to participate in climate change response actions and enhancing ecosystem resilience.
The youth at the CBA11 Youth Conference took a field tour in Mubende district (Uganda, East Africa) invited by Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Uganda, to learn from existing examples of local farmers practicing climate smart agriculture to sustainably grow different tree species namely; pine, silver ork, eucalyptus, Kirundu, and Macamias for commercial purposes like; charcoal, timber and soft boards production which earns them a lot of money in an ecosystem friendly way.
The Conference also aimed to build a stronger network among youth participants and sharing their knowledge and ideas.