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New publications available for download
Check out the latest IAIA publications, available for download now. In addition to the new listings below, a wide variety of FasTips, translations, reference/guidance documents, and key citations are always available for free on the IAIA website.
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Key citations:Low rates for the virtual IAIA21 conference
Registration is open for IAIA21 (18-21 May 2021; virtual event). Check out the low rates! Participants will be able to attend live plenaries and simulive sessions, enjoy on-demand viewing of over 400 presentations, access exhibits and sponsors, network at coffee breaks, and more. Thank you to these IAIA21 supporters: European Investment Bank, Red Eléctrica de España, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Impact Assessment Agency of Canada, and Norad.
Free webinar: Impact assessment and the circular economy
The circular economy is a new way to plan, design, make, and use things within environmental limits. This free 1-hour webinar will explore IA’s role in enabling the circular economy: explaining what it is, its relationship with sustainability, and how as professionals we can better consider it in our work. The webinar will be held twice to accommodate time zones: 24 February 2021 at 03:00 Central / 09:00 GMT and again at 14:00 Central / 20:00 GMT.
Free webinar: The impacts of COVID-19 on field research
The Environmental Peacebuilding Association and IAIA are co-hosting a free, 1-hour webinar to explore how field researchers are developing different and new ways to conduct research. Charles Kelly, co-chair of IAIA’s Disasters and Conflict Section, developed this event featuring four field researchers presenting their personal experiences during COVID-19, followed by a moderated discussion. This webinar will be held 18 February 2021 at 09:00 Central / 15:00 GMT.
IAIA Board of Directors election results
Please join us in welcoming President-Elect/Director Gaby Factor and Board Directors Victoria Márquez-Mees and Bryony Walmsley to the IAIA Board. Learn more about these three new Board members. Thank you to all candidates who stood for election and for all members who took time to cast their votes.
Black Lives Matter task force calls for volunteers
In July 2020 a call was made for those who may want to serve on a BLM task force. Unforeseen circumstances delayed the task force's start, so IAIA is again making a call for volunteers. New volunteers will be combined with those previously confirmed, and a first meeting is anticipated to be held in March 2021. Contact Executive Director David Bancroft to express your interest.
Pandemic IA Participation task force initiated
The Board has appointed a Pandemic Impact Assessment Participation task force, chaired by member Charles Kelly, to (1) review and make recommendations on multi-lateral and national COVID-19 impact assessment guidance, (2) provide guidance on IAIA program services related to COVID-19, and (3) oversee future COVID-19 surveys focused on member services. Watch for news of its activities and recommendations in the coming months.
Exhibitor Opportunities for IAIA21
Virtual exhibit booths have replaced traditional exhibit booths for IAIA21. Add your logo, company bio, videos/photos, and links. Engage with delegates via polls, a public chat, virtual business cards, and more. Premier exhibitors also receive exclusive access to virtual trade show hours to visually “meet” booth visitors privately or in groups. Check out the booth tour demo video and more information on the IAIA21 Exhibitors page.
Want more exposure at IAIA21? Become a conference sponsor!
Four contribution levels offer a wide variety of benefits, including free registrations, logo placements, custom messages to delegates, and your own page within the event to post your materials. To maximize your engagement with delegates, take advantage of the sponsor’s booth discount and add a Premier booth to your package. Check out the IAIA21 Sponsorship page for a detailed breakdown of benefits and items you can sponsor.
Coming soon: New online training courses
IAIA is partnering with interested IAIA20 training course presenters to offer their courses in an online format throughout 2021. The first of the online courses will take place before the May conference; the remainder will follow during the rest of the year. A special thank you to TPDC Chair Glenn Brown for spearheading the development of this new program. Watch for announcements of the package of courses coming soon.
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.
India implements framework to calculate nature’s economic contribution
"India has shown us that it does not take decades to break down information silos and that the System of Environmental Economic Accounting can be implemented in a short period of time,” says Director of UN Statistics Division.
EU lawmakers back green conditions for COVID-19 cash, critics eye fossil fuel loopholes
Funds from the European Union's COVID-19 economic recovery fund could end up being spent on certain fossil fuels despite rules to ensure they are not invested in climate-damaging activities, officials and sustainable finance experts say.
How to get policy makers to notice your research
Research matters to policy making, and policy making influences research. Taylor & Francis, publisher of IAIA’s journal, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, offers a guide to engaging with policy makers that includes useful tips, as well as details and handy infographics on getting your research into the UK and EU parliaments.
A wet Amazon may be more resilient to a drying climate than thought: Study
In some of the wettest parts of the Amazon rainforest, dry air may increase plant photosynthesis rates — a response that contradicts the assumptions of many climate models, according to a recent study published in Science Advances. The findings could have massive ramifications for existing climate change models, which must accurately represent photosynthetic processes in the Amazon if they are to produce meaningful results, given the widespread impact of these vast forests on climate and weather patterns.
Ways to ensure that SEA and EIA “talk” to each other. 10 March 2021. Online training workshop. Email email@example.com for further details.