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Survey results are in: COVID-19 and impact assessment (and more!)

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    Survey results are in: COVID-19 and impact assessment (and more!)

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    Preliminary COVID-19 and IA Survey Results

    IAIA Executive Director David Bancroft shares initial results from IAIA’s recent survey about the impact of COVID-19 on impact assessment in a series of three blog posts. He highlights the need to continue IA work as part of the economic recovery and what the post-COVID-19 future of IA looks like.

    Early results about how the pandemic is affecting IA practitioners are also available.

    IAIA21: Abstract submissions open 24 August

    IAIA21, “Smartening Impact Assessment in Challenging Times,” will take place 18-21 May 2021 in Seville, Spain. Papers and posters from IAIA20 will be carried over, but we will also be accepting new presentations to replace those that have had to withdraw. Paper and poster abstract submissions will open 24 August.

    Virtual symposium: Our Interconnected World

    In this 5-8 October online symposium, experts will look at four trending topics in impact assessment with the underlying theme of the interconnectedness of all topics to human health and the wellbeing of the planet as a whole. Registration is now open. Join us and engage virtually with fellow participants as we explore health, resilience, climate change, and hot topics from the IAIA20 sessions.

    Committees and Task Forces seeking volunteers

    Have you ever wondered about how to get more involved with IAIA? Serving on a Committee or Task Force is a great way to meet new people and help guide the organization. See Executive Director David Bancroft’s blog on opportunities to volunteer.

    IAIA staff working remotely

    Until further notice, IAIA staff continue to work remotely to provide uninterrupted member service to the greatest extent possible. Please email if you need to reach us, as we are not in the office to take phone calls.


    Biodiversity and ecosystem services best practice guide now available in Spanish

    The IAIA international best practice principles series covers a variety of impact assessment topical areas, sharing best practices for practitioners. Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Impact Assessment is now available in Spanish. Thank you to IAIA member Marco Gutierrez for the translation.

    Call for papers for a special issue of IAPA on “Pandemics, Planning and Impact Assessment”

    We are currently experiencing one of the most disruptive global pandemics many of us have seen in our lifetimes. With regards to how different countries have been and are reacting, we are calling for papers on a number of questions connected with either the real or potential role of impact assessment.

    Government guidance for large-scale mines released

    The IGF has just released its new “Guidance for Governments: Improving Legal Frameworks for Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and Management” for large-scale mines, including examples, strategies and tools. IAIA was pleased to help review this document.

    Your guide to writing a journal article

    "Don’t be afraid to explain" – this and other tips are featured in Taylor & Francis’ (publisher of IAIA’s journal, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal) handy guide and video on what to consider when writing an article.

    U.N. chief urges end to coal financing to spur clean energy shift

    United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged countries to stop financing coal and pledge not to build new coal-fired power plants to enable a shift to clean energy.

    World’s biggest trade deal in trouble over EU anger at Brazil deforestation

    It’s the one-year anniversary of the finalization of a gigantic trade agreement between the EU and Mercusor, a bloc of Latin American nations, but Brazil’s soaring deforestation rate puts ratification at risk.

    The Tallinn Forum: Strategic Ideas Worth Sharing. 9-11 September 2020. Online event. (20% discount for IAIA members)

    Cumulative Effects 2020: Advancing Project Development and Environmental Management with Cumulative Effects Assessment. 8 October 2020. Virtual conference. (10% discount for IAIA members with code D10-343-343GX06)

    Social Impact Assessment: Issues for current practice. 2-3 December 2020. Christchurch, New Zealand. (NZAIA Affiliate - New Zealand Association for Impact Assessment)

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