Highlights from a recent Affiliate event.
AEIAN Seminar honors Charlie Wolf
The Association of Environmental Impact Assessment of Nigeria (AEIAN), IAIA’s affiliate in Nigeria, held a one day seminar in honor of IAIA’s co-founder Charlie Wolf in March 2016. Held in lead-up to IAIA16 in Nagoya, the event created a platform where accepted papers to be presented at IAIA’s annual conference could be critiqued in line with guidelines and aspirations of the main conference before presenters traveled to Japan. AEIAN now plans to hold this event annually in honor of Charlie, who worked in Nigeria in the 1980s at Federal University Technology of Yola.
Presentations at the seminar, which was attended by over 30 people from both the public and private sectors, started with opening remarks by Mr. J.A. Alonge, Director for EA at the Federal Ministry of Environment.
Ahmad Sanda presented “Comparing the efficacies of flood early warning system according Development and level of Education in underserved and developed communities,” highlighting the challenges of early warning systems in Nigeria from the structural and communication perspectives while proffering improved methods to ensure that underserved communities are not neglected. The paper also identified role of impact assessment in the development of flood early warning systems.
Dr. Ijeoma Vincent- Akpu then discussed “Assessing climate vulnerability on small scale fishers’ livelihood,” focusing on the effect of climate change on some selected fishing communities along the coast of Ghana. Her research highlighted the variance in fish yield among the fishing communities which can be attributed to the varying effects of climate change.
In both cases, the audience shared thoughtful comments and suggestions as how best to enrich the documents and presentations.
A moment of silence was held as a tribute to Charlie, as was a group discussion on the potential influence of AEIAN in Nigeria policy-making.
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