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June 2017 enews

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    June 2017 enews

    IAIA June 2017 e-news

    Table of Contents:

    1. Special symposium:  Abstract submission open; sponsorship opportunities available
    2. IAIA18 session and training course proposals being accepted
    3. IAIA17 final papers posted
    4. Help recognize excellence and achievement in IA
    5. IA Professional Recognition Survey:  Take part today!
    6. Vincent-Akpu honored by US embassy; selected for TechWomen program
    7. Bloggers wanted
    8. Upcoming Branch, Affiliate, and other events
    9. Resource:  New IFC website
    10. Work Experience Program seeks applicants
    11. Request for proposals:  SIA-brownfields community plan

    1. Special symposium: Abstract submission open; sponsorship opportunities available

    A special IAIA biodiversity symposium, “Mainstreaming the Mitigation Hierarchy in Impact Assessment,” will be held 14-15 November 2017 in Washington, DC, USA.  For more information, visit the symposium website. The symposium is being hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Institutional partners for the symposium include IDB and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

    Abstracts invited through 14 July: The online submission form for paper abstracts is available. Please review the guidelines and policies and then submit your abstract by 14 July.

    Sponsorship opportunities: IAIA is currently seeking sponsors for this biodiversity symposium. To find out the various ways your company can reach out to environmental professionals around the world, contact Bridget John.

    2. IAIA18 session and training course proposals being accepted

    IAIA18, “Environmental Justice in Societies in Transition,” will be held 16-19 May 2018 in Durban, South Africa. For more information, visit the conference website. #iaia18

    Training course proposals due 8 July:  IAIA invites proposals for IAIA18 pre-conference training courses to be offered 14-15 May 2018. All proposals must be in English. Please review the call for proposals for more information, topic suggestions, and the application format.

    Session proposals due 31 July: IAIA18 session proposals are being accepted through 31 July 2017.  Please review the session proposal guidelines and policies and then submit your proposal.  Submissions will be closing on 31 July at 23:59 (11:59pm) US Central Standard Time.

    3. IAIA17 final papers posted

    IAIA17 papers are now available on the proceedings page.  There you will also find links to presentations, photos, and more!  IAIA17 was held in 4-7 April 2017 in Montreal, Canada; for more information, visit the conference website.

    4. Help recognize excellence and achievement in IA

    Do you know a colleague, client, or institution that deserves an award? Help us recognize excellence and achievement in impact assessment by submitting a nomination for the 2018 IAIA Awards!  

    Making a nomination is easy (and it is not necessary to be an IAIA member to do so)—just visit by 3 October 2017. Winners will be recognized at IAIA's annual conference in May 2018 in Durban, South Africa.​

    • IAIA Global Award
    • Lifetime Achievement Award  
    • Corporate Initiative Award  
    • Institutional Award   
    • Regional Award  
    • Individual Award

    5. IA Professional Recognition Survey: Take part today!

    As one of IAIA’s Innovation Grant recipients, Fothergill Training & Consulting is conducting a survey about how the skills and experience of impact assessment professionals are recognized around the world. We invite you to participate in the survey by 29 June and share the link with colleagues:

    The survey will gather information about country- and financial institution-specific recognition and accreditation schemes for individuals involved in project-related ESHIA (ESIA and EIA). The research aims to produce a global first:  the initial Compendium of IA Professional Recognition Schemes. If you know of an IA-related professional recognition scheme, we urge you to share your knowledge, for the benefit of the global IA community, by taking the time to complete the research survey.

    The survey is open to all through 29 June. Please feel free to share this link and/or text with your colleagues, wider networks, and on social media.

    6. Vincent-Akpu honored by US embassy; selected for TechWomen program

    Congratulations to IAIA member Ijeoma Vincent-Apku, who was among the five Nigerian women in the science and technology world honored by the US Government and selected to participate in the 2017 TechWomen exchange program.

    TechWomen is a U.S. initiative empowering and connecting the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The program brings together 100 women leaders in technology fields for a five-week professional mentorship and exchange program at leading technology companies in California’s Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area.

    7. Bloggers wanted!

    IAIA is seeking guest contributors for our blog ImpactREACT. In exchange for writing a short blog post, not only will you gain additional exposure and credibility both within and outside of the Association, but following your post, you also have the potential to use our networking tool, IAIAConnect, to get to know members you may not have previously met and discuss their feedback. IAIA is an engaged, opinionated, growing, professional family, and what we like best is to connect with each other. If you are interested, please contact Jennifer Howell at IAIA Headquarters for additional information and guidelines. 

    8. Upcoming Branch and Affiliate events

    6th Korea-Japan-China Tripartite EIA Conference:  Registrations due 17 June

    Korea and Vietnam will host the 6th Korea-Japan-China tripartite EIA Conference (also known as the 6th Korea-Vietnam EIA Conference) 9-12 August 2017 at the Golden Sea 3 Hotel in Danang, Vietnam. This conference may become the 1st Vietnam-Japan-Korea-China EIA Conference. In this meeting, the participants will address and discuss diversified innovations of theories and methods on the theme “Impact Assessment and Post Management.” Successful cases or stories are welcome. Individuals who are interested should register and submit a one-page (including title, whether it is a paper or a poster, abstract, keywords, introduction, main part, and conclusions) to KSEIA ( by 17 June 2017. The due date to register for technical visits and attendance without an abstract is also 17 June. For more information, contact


    5th Associations Round Table Asia-Pacific

    The UIA cordially invites you to send two representatives to its 5th Associations Round Table Asia-Pacific, from 21-22 September at Le Méridien Hotel  in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The UIA Round Table is an opportunity to learn through networking and through practice, to meet other international associations, and to share experience and knowledge to help you run your organization better. For full details, please see the Round Table website

    9. Resource: New IFC website

    In honor of World Environment Day June 5, IFC is pleased to announce the launch of its redesigned website on sustainability to help make IFC resources on sustainability easier to access. In addition to some of IFC’s most sought-after resources—IFC’s Environmental and Social Performance Standards, Environmental, Health and Safety Guidelines, Corporate Governance Framework, and Corporate Governance Methodology—the site brings together materials from across IFC that translate its decades of hands-on experience into practical guidance for companies and financial institutions. Initiatives are organized by industries: agribusiness, finance, and infrastructure, and on Corporate Governance.

    The site features the latest good-practice materials, including a handbook on managing risks related to use of security forces as well as From Companies to Markets - Global Developments in Corporate Governance. IFC offers regular webinars on good ESG practice through the site. A new page on ESG Accountability captures IFC’s approach to engaging with stakeholders, continuous learning from successes and failures, and highlights IFC’s transparency and accountability mechanisms.

    10. Work Experience Program seeks applicants

    The IAIA Work Experience Program allows members who complete specific projects of benefit to IAIA to be recognized through: a) a certificate acknowledging their work, and b) the ability to include that project as professional work on their CV.

    We are currently looking to develop an annotated links page of relevant impact assessment (1) mandates and regulations, (2) guidance documents (including internal agency protocols), (3) legal rulings, and (4) literature to assist practitioners with fulfilling legal, professional, and ethical obligations.

    Applicants can be of any age or experience level, but must be current IAIA members. Requirements for specific skills will be listed for each project. Projects may be proposed by headquarters, sections, committees, affiliates, or individuals and will encompass a range of activities, such as data compilation or analysis, qualitative research, literature review, document translation, and database development.

    Information about the program, including the Work Experience Program Guide, a list of available projects, and the proposed project submission form, can be found online.  

    11. Request for proposals: SIA-brownfields community plan

    A University of South Florida faculty member was recently awarded a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to develop a brownfields area-wide plan for the University Area Community in Hillsborough County, Florida. As part of the effort, USF is seeking to create a social impact assessment to examine the potential impacts of social challenges for brownfields planning and redevelopment on the community. Paul Cleveland, a Senior Purchasing Agent with the University of South Florida, is seeking proposals for this assessment. If interested, please contact Paul directly.

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