International Association for Impact Assessment

about IAIA

About IAIA

IMPACT ASSESSMENT, SIMPLY DEFINED, IS THE PROCESS OF IDENTIFYING THE FUTURE CONSEQUENCES OF A CURRENT OR PROPOSED ACTION.

IAIA is the International Association for Impact Assessment, the leading global network on best practice in the use of impact assessment for informed decision making regarding policies, programs, plans and projects.

IAIA was organized in 1980 to bring together researchers, practitioners, and users of various types of impact assessment from all parts of the world. Our members, numbering over 1700 from 120 nations, represent many disciplines and professions. Our annual conferences regularly welcome over 700 participants, and our regional symposia and other events focus attention on specific topics. Available resources include a quarterly professional journal, downloadable publications, training options, and much more.

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IAIA Vision & mission

IAIA is an organization with a voluntary membership of professionals from a diverse array of interests and organizations, all of whom are concerned with environmental stewardship and sustainability. Collectively, our goal is to protect, not harm, the earth and its environments and peoples.

VISION  IAIA is the leading global network on best practice in the use of impact assessment for informed decision making regarding policies, programs, plans and projects.

MISSION  To provide the international forum for advancing innovation and communication of best practice in all forms of impact assessment so as to further the development of local, regional, and global capacity in impact assessment.

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IAIA VAlues

  • IAIA Values

    IAIA promotes the application of integrated and participatory approaches to impact assessment, conducted to the highest professional standards.

  • IAIA Values

    IAIA believes the assessment of the environmental, social, economic, cultural, and health implications for proposals to be a critical contribution to sound decision-making processes, and to equitable and sustainable development.

  • IAIA Values

    IAIA is committed to the promotion of sustainability, the freedom of access to information, and the right of citizens to have a voice in decisions that affect them. When we assess the impact of policies, plans, programs, or projects, we promote the free flow of complete, unbiased and accurate information to decision makers and affected parties. We believe that impact assessments should be inclusive and comprehensive, addressing the broader social and health impacts as well as any impacts on the biophysical environment. Respect for human rights and human dignity should underpin all assessments. We acknowledge that we have a duty of care to both present and future generations.

Testimonials

“IAIA is THE place to be for impact assessment people.”

Frank Vanclay, Netherlands

“I've worked in environmental assessment and related fields for 25 years, during which time the discipline has evolved, expanded, learned and, at least sometimes, made a difference. IAIA provides a vital forum for professionals in this volatile field to benefit from each others' experiences and add value to their own work.”

Jack Krohn, Australia

IAIA’S STRATEGIC PLAN 2016-2018

Download IAIA’s current Strategic Plan.

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