International Association for Impact Assessment

WASHINGTON AREA BRANCH (WAB)

  • FOR IAIA MEMBERS IN THE WASHINGTON, DC, USA AREA.

    Coordinators: David Blaha and Debra Zanewich

    IAIA members can check out WAB on IAIAConnect

    Check out the latest happenings from the WAB below:


    Dear WAB Friends,

    Happy hour is confirmed – we are celebrating Will Knowland's many years of dedication and service to WAB and IAIA! Please join us for an informal happy hour at the Taberna del Alaberdero on Wednesday, December 14 (1776 I Street NW, but the entrance is on 18th Street NW). People will be trickling in 5:00 onwards. There is no reservation for WAB so first come, first seated!

    No further RSVP is necessary but feel free to send an email if you can't find us in the Taberna on Wednesday evening (dzanewich@worldbank.org / will@knowland.net). We'll try to keep our smart phones handy. This is an informal "Dutch treat" event (i.e., pay your way).

    We will be organizing another happy hour event in the new year to welcome in the new co-chair – Dave Blaha!

    We wish you a happy and safe festive season, and look forward to seeing you soon.

    Happy festivities,
    Dave/Will and Debra
    Co-chairs for WAB
    IAIA

    PS – our first season in 2017 will feature the US Treasury. Stay tuned for more details…


    Cumulative Impact Assessment of Hydropower Development in Pakistan: A Case Study in a Critical Habitat in the Jhelum-Poonch Rivers Watershed
    Wednesday, November 2nd , 2016

    Pablo Cardinale, Principal Environmental Specialist at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) presented on IFC's approach to management of cumulative impacts potentially resulting from multiple cascading hydropower in critical aquatic habitat due to the presence of the CE Kashmir Catfish and the EN Golden Mahaseer, and how a project's Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) has been elevated to guide a Biodiversity Strategy to manage potential cumulative impacts at a landscape level. His presentation is available here and the Cumulative Impact Assessment report is available here.

    Reference material:
    IFC Good Practice Handbook – Cumulative Impact Assessment and Management: Guidance for the Private Sector in Emerging Markets:
    http://www.ifc.org/wps/wcm/connect/3aebf50041c11f8383ba8700caa2aa08/IFC_GoodPracticeHandbook_CumulativeImpactAssessment.pdf?MOD=AJPERES


    The Environmental and Social Framework of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
    Wednesday Sep. 28, 2016

    Dear WAB Members and Friends,

    Happy Autumn and welcome to the 2016-17 season of WAB Events.

    We are pleased to announce that the first meeting of the Washington Area Branch (WAB) current season will address:

    The Environmental and Social Framework of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

    Wednesday September 28th (3:00-5:00pm),

    in Room U12-250

    MIGA, World Bank U Building, 1800 G Street, NW

    The presentation will be made by Stephen F. Lintner who is serving as the Senior Environmental and Social Advisor to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Stephen is a former President of the IAIA and was the Co-Chair of the Asia Day Forum held during our Annual Conference in Nagoya this May.

    Although advance registration is not required for visitor’s entry to MIGA’s office (please bring valid government issued ID!), please RSVP by return email if you plan to attend so that we can prepare appropriately. We plan to broadcast the meeting live (but not record), so let us know if you need the WebEx access code.

    Thank you for sharing this announcement with colleagues who may be interested in the topic.

    We hope you will join us!

    Will Knowland and Debra Zanewich
    Co-Chairs, WAB


    Climate Change and Impact Assessment, Wednesday May 4, 2016
    For the first time in several years, the Washington Area Branch (WAB) returned to the key topic of Climate Change.  Some three dozen IAIA-WAB members and friends participated in the two-hour session, which was convened at the offices of MIGA, and webcast to participants in several locations and countries.   This meeting was a joint effort of WAB and the Climate Change Section, which, with 160 members, is IAIA’s on-going forum for IA practitioners to exchange expertise and knowledge on climate change across all areas of IA.

    WAB, with IAIA and the World Bank, had organized a Special IAIA Symposium on Climate Change and Impact Assessment in November 2010.  A year later, we devoted a session to updates from the Symposium and initial activities of IAIA’s Climate Change Section. But despite continued widespread interest, it has taken until now to again organize a session on the topic. 

    Meanwhile, the topic of climate change and impact assessment (CCIA) has become even more timely with recent Paris climate change agreement, and dedication of IAIA’s 2017 International Conference to the theme of Impact Assessment’s Contribution to The Global Efforts in Addressing Climate Change.  In mid-May, just a week following our May 4th session, at IAIA 16 in Nagoya, Japan, the Climate Change Section would convene what has become an annual roundtable on the topic. 

    So the intention was to engage both the WAB membership and Washington-based development agencies, rekindle discussions begun at the Symposium in 2010, and begun building awareness and momentum for future efforts, including IAIA 17.   

  • The First Announcement, Prospectus, Call for Session Proposals for IAIA 17 in Montreal is now posted on the web. See:

    Impact Assessment’s Contribution to the Global Efforts in Addressing Climate Change
    Le Centre Sheraton Montréal Hôtel
    Montréal, Canada
    3-6 April 2017
    http://conferences.iaia.org/2017/index.php

    WAB members and friends are strongly encouraged to review the submission guidance and, if interested, submit proposals to IAIA.  The deadline for Session Proposal submission is coming up quickly, June 30 of this year!  The paper and poster abstract submission deadline will be the 31st of October. 

    Wes Fisher, of The Cadmus Group, and co-chair of IAIA’s Climate Change Section, provided the opening presentation, based on his report to the up-coming IAIA Climate Change Roundtable in Nagoya.  He quickly reviewed the history of IAIA’s involvement in the topic over the past half dozen years, the increasingly central role that climate change is playing in considerations of planetary boundaries, and key issues that have emerged from on-going discussions within the Climate Change Section and the annual IAIA climate change roundtables.  Climate change scientists and both governmental and private stakeholders are still relatively under-aware of the potential for EIA/SEA processes to contribute to addressing climate change challenges.  So new and additional efforts are needed to reach out to and engage the climate science community and investment/risk managers. At the same time, effective applications of EIA/SEA and CEA tools and approaches to climate change decision-making processes need to be identified and highlighted, and opportunities for joint climate change and impact assessment need to be encouraged. (See IAIA CC and IA Follow-Up Next Steps, Draft, 15 April 2016, for discussion at IAIA-16). 

    With this background, brief presentations of recent experience and post-Paris strategies of their respective agencies were provided by:
    Hilary Hoagland-Grey, IDB     
    Sameer Akbar, World Bank
    Charles E. Di Leva, World Bank
    Vladimir Stenek, IFC                 
    Stephen Parsons, ExIm Bank
    Douglas Mason, MCC                
                                                                                                                                                  
    CCIA is integral to the thinking of each of these agencies, and several – IDB, World Bank, and IFC – are in the process of up-dating their environmental and/or climate change guidance. The World Bank has just, in mid-April, released its new Climate Action Plan, committing to major efforts on both mitigation and adaptation.  ExIm’s efforts have focused on appropriate consideration of new coal-fired power plant investments. MCC works pro-actively with other federal agencies in screening activities for climate risks, while relying on its environmental and social assessment procedures and building climate change adaptation and mitigation into programs where possible.

    Several members of WAB and the Climate Change Section have been considering the possibility of a follow-up symposium in Washington to the 2010 event.  There was good discussion of the costs and resources that were needed for the 2010 event, and the need to assure that follow up and sponsorship efforts are addressed.  There was general agreement that near-term efforts will necessarily focus on the IAIA ’17 conference.

    Climate Change and Impact Assessment will surely continue to evolve as an interest of WAB/IAIA members.  New tools and guidelines related to climate change will provide opportunities for future WAB presentations and Climate Change Session webinars.   For now, some of the key references used or mentioned during the May 4th meeting are listed below. 
    Useful References:
                                       
    IAIA CC and IA Follow-Up Next Steps, Draft, 15 April 2016, for discussion at IAIA-16

    The Climate Change Symposia Proceedings:

    IAIA CLIMATE CHANGE SYMPOSIUM, Washington, DC, USA / 15-16 November 2010 http://conferences.iaia.org/washingtonDC2010/

    IAIA CLIMATE CHANGE SYMPOSIUM, Aalborg, Denmark / 25-26 October 2010

    http://conferences.iaia.org/aalborg2010/

     

    IAIA Climate Change Section – IAIA Connect   
    http://iaiaconnect.iaia.org/group/climate

     

    IAIA 17

    http://conferences.iaia.org/2017/index.php

     

    World Bank Group, Climate Change Knowledge Portal
    http://sdwebx.worldbank.org/climateportal/

    World Bank Group, Climate Change Action Plan http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/infographic/2016/04/07/the-world-bank-group-climate-change-action-plan

    WB CC & Safeguards Policy Review  - Expert Focus Group, Mexico City, April 2013 https://consultations.worldbank.org/Data/hub/files/meetings/Safeguards_Focus_Group_ClimateChange_MexicoCity_Summary_Final.pdf

    IFC Climate Implementation Plan (April 2016):
    http://www.ifc.org/wps/wcm/connect/5f5402804c60b510b6bbbeaccf53f33d/IFC_Climate_Implementation_Plan_03152016_WBG_v2.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

    MCC’s initiatives in Climate Change:
    https://www.mcc.gov/initiatives/initiative/climate-change#exit

    USAID Environment and Global Climate Change
    https://www.usaid.gov/what-we-do/environment-and-global-climate-change

    US Government Executive Orders and Policies
    http://www.globalchange.gov/browse/federal-adaptation-resources/executive-orders-and-policies

    UNEP Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI), Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and UNEP Finance Initiative
    http://www.unepfi.org/psi/
    https://www.unpri.org/
    http://www.unepfi.org/

    Another reference mentioned during the event is the IFC Good Practice Handbook – Cumulative Impact Assessment and Management:  Guidance for the Private Sector in Emerging Markets:
    http://www.ifc.org/wps/wcm/connect/3aebf50041c11f8383ba8700caa2aa08/IFC_GoodPracticeHandbook_CumulativeImpactAssessment.pdf?MOD=AJPERES


    7 January 2016

    Challenges and Solutions of Addressing Environmental and Social Issues in the Wind Power Sector – Updates, Experience, and Revised EHS Guidelines

    In addition to reviewing recent experience from on-going assessments of wind power projects in Central and South America, this two-hour session focused on lessons learned and advances in good industry practice, including key changes in the recently updated IFC’s Wind Energy EHS Guidelines, and the biological basis for bird and bat monitoring protocols.


Justin Pooley and Lori Anna Conzo summarized the changes made in the recently updated World Bank Group EHS Guidelines for Wind Energy in their presentation: EHS Guidelines Update - Wind Energy.

Lori Anna Conzo is a Senior Environmental Specialist and Biodiversity Focal Point in the Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) Department of the International Finance Corporation (IFC).  As Biodiversity Focal Point, Lori works across the regions and sectors on biodiversity-related issues, with a focus on the infrastructures and renewable energy. 

 

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Justin Pooley is a Principal Specialist in IFC’s Environment, Social & Governance Department and the department’s global sector lead for power projects. Justin has worked on wind projects in multiple regions and was one of the core IFC team involved in updating the WBG Wind Energy EHS Guidelines in 2014-15.

Marianela González reviewed the field experience and results of field monitoring of bird and bat impacts of several wind power projects in Central America in her presentation: Bird and Bat Monitoring: Experiences from a Private Wind Power Producer.


Marianela González is Environmental and Social Compliance Coordinator at Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy. She has nearly a decade of experience in environmental and social management of renewable energy projects, including compliance with local legislation and IFC’s / MIGA’s Environmental & Social Performance Standards and Good International Industry Practices for wind and solar energy projects in Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, and Chile.

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Genevieve Beaulac presented very recent findings from IDB wind power projects in Oaxaca, Mexico, and Latin America – following up on her September 2014 WAB presentation, Wind Energy in Latin America, Challenges and Solutions.
Genevieve Beaulac is a Senior Environmental Specialist at the Environmental Safeguards Unit of the IDB, responsible for the design, implementation and monitoring of projects in the energy sector (wind, geothermal, hydroelectric and transmission lines.


Caleb Gordon reviewed broad data and biological theory in his presentation: Wind-Wildlife Issues in Latin America – Biological Perspectives.

Caleb Gordon, an ornithologist and wildlife ecology with WEST, Inc., has managed wildlife research and impact studies for IFIs and private developers on energy projects in Uzbekistan, Honduras, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Nicaragua.

 

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  • Caleb has particular interest in offshore wind-wildlife studies. In this area, he has managed four large research projects for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM, USDOI), has given numerous presentations at scientific, government, and commercial conferences, and has served as wildlife issues subcommittee chair of the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) Offshore Wind Workgroup (OWWG).

Reference Links:

IFC-World Bank EHS Guidelines, including the Revised Wind Energy Guidelines 

World Bank  Publication: Greening the wind: environmental and social considerations for wind power development

IFC World Bank


  • 7 October 2015

    Assessment of Biodiversity, Critical Habitat, and Ecosystem Services – Recent Experience from Africa and Latin America, with Reference to the IFC Performance Standards

    Raymi Beltran of IFC, and Charles Hernick of The Cadmus Group, jointly presented their recent work in Assessment of Biodiversity, Critical Habitat, and Ecosystem Services – Recent Experience from Africa and Latin America, with Reference to the IFC Performance Standards.

    • IFC's Performance Standard (PS) # 6 has become a benchmark for the investment community on the topic of biodiversity management. The first presentation will walk through some of the fundamentals of PS6 and its interpretation. The session will also go into a review of the key deliverables to reach PS6 compliance and practical examples of how to conduct a Critical Habitat Assessment for private sector projects.
    • PSs 1, 4, and 6 require that impact assessment account for and identify ecosystem services, defined as the benefits people derive from ecosystems. The second session will build on the first by focusing on ecosystem services and the challenges and opportunities associated with ecosystem service analyses in the impact assessment process. A case study from Tanzania will be used to illustrate trade-offs and potential value added, especially in scoping.

    Raymi Beltran is a Senior Environmental Specialists with IFC's Oil, Gas and Mining Group. He has over 15 years of experience in environmental and social management working on oil, gas, mining and infrastructure projects in Latin America, Asia and Africa. As part of his current position, Raymi works closely with private sector companies in assuring compliance with IFC's Environmental & Social Performance Standards and adopting Good International Industry Practices for their projects. Prior to joining IFC, Raymi was the Environmental Manager for Kinross Gold based in Santiago, Chile, and prior to this, he was the Environmental and Community Affairs Manager for the PERU LNG Project in Peru.

    Charles Hernick is a Senior Associate at The Cadmus Group, Inc. He is an expert on USAID environmental safeguards/compliance and tropical forestry and biodiversity assessments. His recent projects include environmental impact assessments and tropical forestry/biodiversity assessments in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa. He has managed extensive policy and environmental finance research, and he designed the U.S. policy for mitigating the financial risks associated with the geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide (i.e., polluter pays principle/financial assurance).


    13 May 2015

    Challenges to Performing ESIA and Implementing Projects in Liberia” – Presentation by Heather Boyd, Acorn International, LLC, and Wassim Hamdan, Earthtime.


    28 January 2015

    Ongoing Developments in Satellite Remote Sensing for Environmental and Social Impact Assessment: focussed on new technology solutions and how they can contribute to impact assessment and monitoring.

    This presentation was given by Gordon Campbell (European Space Agency) and Anna Burzykowska (World Bank)

    Referenced material is found at the following links:

    EO for Green Growth

    WBG-ESA Partnership report

     

     


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