International Association for Impact Assessment

IAIA Archives

Work Experience Program

IAIA Work Experience Program


Visit the IAIA Wiki.

IAIA Newsletter

IAIA's PDF newsletter shared IAIA and impact assessment news with members for many years. It was discontinued in 2014 in favor of the more interactive enews and the "IAIA News" blog engine.

Current Issue

Recent Issues


Professional Links

IAIA offers two sets of web site links that are intended to help narrow the search for sites of professional interest to impact assessment practitioners:

  • Environmental Impact Assessment Index of Web Sites: This index is a compilation of environmental assessment web sites that have been carefully reviewed and chosen by a group of IAIA members. A brief description of each site and its contents is provided.
  • Professional Links: This list of web sites, recommended by IAIA members and others as particularly helpful to impact assessment practitioners, is longer and more extensive than those in the above Index of Web Sites, but the sites have not been reviewed nor summarized.

Please note that inclusion in either of these lists does not represent an endorsement by IAIA.

Multilingual Glossary of IA

The need for the Glossary came from impact assessment professionals expressing their frustration at having to work in an environment in which an excess of terms and definitions had proliferated. Putting one's own spin on terms was the practice, causing a great deal of confusion in explaining and interpreting impact assessment to the uninitiated, especially policy and decision makers.

The multilingual Glossary structure is currently in three languages: English, French and Portuguese. We anticipate adding other languages in the future, but this will depend upon interest and financial support. A database has been developed that will facilitate collecting and organizing the terms, definitions and references submitted, which will be a valuable resource for future projects.

To date, the Glossary project has been sustained through the services of many professionals from the Arts and Science Faculty and the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science at Concordia University, in Montreal.

The first version of the multilingual Glossary is but a starting point for a broad consultation process of relevant interested parties in the seven topic areas: Practice & Process, Biodiversity/Ecology, Health, Social, Strategic, Trade and Urban Impact Assessment. Currently, there are only a limited number of entries in the English glossary and none in the French and Portuguese glossaries. It was felt that, once the glossary structure was released, the IAIA members, through their sections and linguistic affiliations, would help with its development. Therefore, the Glossary will be continuously updated and revised. All submissions will be verified to ensure that the term, definition and reference is valid, and complies with the information requested.
The aim of the Glossary is to provide the user with a profile of the topic area's terminology. By searching the terms and definitions, the users may familiarize themselves with the vocabulary and its use. If they need further understanding and context, they can refer to the reference.
Can a term appear more than once in a topic area?

Yes, more than one definition of a term can appear in the topic area, as long as it differentiates a narrow or broader description. The purpose here is to provide the user with different perspectives on and interpretations of the use of the term.

Reference Documents

Special Interest Newsletters

Boletim (PDF, 6 pages | 1.3MB) Novembro 2011 NÚMERO 3

EIA Training Course Database