Blog post by IAIA Executive Director David Bancroft
Dear IAIA Members and Friends,
The IAIA Board of Directors did something in March 2020 that was historic for the organization: it passed IAIA's very first Position Statement. That Statement was on climate change – and then COVID-19 hit, so we have waited until now to release.
As the world begins to address global unemployment, economic uncertainty, and COVID-19 recovery, the climate change emergency remains, with profound implications for human health, socio-economic well-being, and environmental quality. Assisting decision makers in managing those implications is part of IAIA’s core mission to advance best practice and innovation in impact assessment. Here is the Statement in full.
In the months since the Board approved the Statement, the Climate Change Section has been working diligently to develop the Action Plan mentioned toward its end. The Board approved that Action Plan at its recent meeting. While it is too lengthy to fully detail here, let me provide insight into some of its elements that are intended to increase application of impact assessment (IA).
This is indeed an exciting time for IAIA. After decades of believing it could not express an official opinion on issues regarding public policy, IAIA is now poised to use its voice to assist its members, affected parties, decision makers, and the world. That is the definition of “for the betterment of society and the environment.”