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Free webinar on human rights
Register now for IAIA's 27 January webinar on "Human Rights in Impact Assessment" for an introduction to human rights and what the integration of human rights in impact assessment means in practice. Some practical tools and resources on human rights impact assessment will also be introduced. Panelists assembled by the Danish Institute for Human Rights include Tulika Bansal, Gabriela Factor, Nora Gotzmann, and Dirk Hoffmann.
Registration is open for IAIA21, "Smartening Impact Assessment in Challenging Times," taking place virtually 18-21 May 2021. Check out the low rates! We are excited to share more soon on how the new event platform will give attendees easy and convenient access to the entire suite of information and expertise from the conference, as well as high levels of engagement with other participants.
Symposium at a glance
IAIA held its first virtual symposium from 5-8 October 2020: "Our Interconnected World: Impact Assessment, Health, and the Environment." What did the 153 participants from 42 countries think of this event? Check out a summary of the feedback we received in this post on the IAIA website.
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.
New! Reference paper on Human health: Ensuring a high level of protection
The EIA Directive is a crucial tool for sustainable development that applies to a wide range of projects in European Union (EU) Member States and to projects funded by the financial institutions of the EU, which operate globally. This "Human health: Ensuring a high level of protection" reference paper, funded in part by an IAIA Innovation Grant, provides health authorities with a guide to the EIA Directive to assist in navigating the EIA process.
Need help writing a cover letter for your article submission?
When submitting to a journal, you may need to include a cover letter to the editor highlighting what makes your research new and significant. Write your letter with confidence using this guide from Taylor & Francis, publisher of IAIA's journal, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, which covers the rules you need to stick to and what to avoid, plus a handy checklist.
Global warming could stabilize faster than originally thought if nations achieve net zero
For many years it was assumed that further global heating would be locked in for generations even if emissions were rapidly cut. But more recent understanding of the implications of getting to net zero emissions is giving hope that the warming could be more swiftly curtailed and global temperatures could stabilize within just a couple of decades.
In battling COVID-19, countries shouldn't lose sight of sustainable development: New UNEP report
COVID-19 is threatening to plunge millions of people into poverty and worsen global hunger, undermining the long-running push for sustainable development, warns a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The report, "COVID-19, the Environment and Food Systems," calls on states to use their response to the coronavirus to build more sustainable, resilient food systems and monitor their recovery efforts against sustainable development targets.
Three quarters of Asia Pacific companies overplay sustainability performance
A new study by Sandpiper Communications and PublicAffairsAsia reveals that most companies in Asia Pacific are at risk of misrepresenting how sustainable they are, with 74% of corporate reputation managers facing internal pressure to overpromote sustainability and ESG (environment, social, governance) achievements.
Environmental heroes to inspire you in 2021
The new year is a time for resolutions, and few could be more important than choosing to do better by nature. Luckily, there are plenty of inspirational people out there waiting to light a fire in all of us. Over the past year, through its series "Call to Earth," CNN has highlighted environmental heroes who are protecting the planet.
Americana: Environmental forum and International trade show for environmental technologies. 22-23 March 2021. Montreal, Canada. (Online)
WWEM-21: 6th International Congress on Water, Waste and Energy Management. 21-23 July 2021. Rome, Italy. (Onsite and online)