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Present your work at IAIA23 (plus cumulative effects event, public participation article, and more)

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    Present your work at IAIA23 (plus cumulative effects event, public participation article, and more)

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    IAIA23: Abstract submission now open

    IAIA23, “Resilience through impact assessment and leadership,” will be held 8-11 May 2023 in Kuching, Malaysia.
    Abstract submission is open now through 7 November. IAIA23 will offer more than 70 session topics, so there is something for everyone!
    Registration opens in October, but take an early look at the training courses that will be held in conjunction with the conference.
    Interested in increasing your company’s profile at IAIA23? Check out the sponsorship opportunities brochure to learn about the various benefits available for the in-person event in Kuching. Bridget would be happy to answer your questions and help you find a sponsorship that works best for your organization.

    Online training courses starting soon
    Register now for these live, virtual IAIA courses:
    Resettlement and livelihood restoration: Achieving the intended outcomes (5 sessions; starts 17 October)
    More effective IA: Tools for stronger argument and clearer writing (4 sessions; starts 15 November)

    New Section announced
    The Board has approved the formation of a new IAIA Section, Impact Assessment and Academia. The new Section, to be chaired by Thomas Fischer, will hold an inaugural meeting at IAIA23. Sections provide opportunities for IAIA members with mutual interests to share experiences and discuss ideas; they serve as a forum for active topical debate and for development and promotion of good practice.

    IAIA Board members participate in international events
    Current Board members Gaby Factor (President) and Victoria Marquez-Mees (Director-Secretary) presented virtually in the First Forum of Infrastructure, Environment, and Sustainability, held 7-8 September at the College of Civil Engineers of Mexico. Factor also congratulated the Japan Society for Impact Assessment on its 20th anniversary at the IAIA-Japan Branch meeting this month.

    Cumulative Effects Assessment and Environmental Management Atlantic Conference
    Hear from the Canadian Institute’s expert faculty as they address the social, economic, and environmental challenges of cumulative effects in the natural resources sector. IAIA members, save 15% with promo code D15-999-IAIA23. (20 October 2022. Halifax, NS, Canada. In person and livestream.)

    New: SIA guidance document available in Arabic

    IAIA is pleased to announce that “Social impact assessment: Guidance for assessing and managing the social impacts of projects” is now available in Arabic, with thanks to Saif Alotaibi for the translation.

    IAPA: Featured article
    Have you read IAIA's journal, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, lately? Members, log in to check out the latest article, "Distilling best practice principles for public participation in impact assessment follow-up." Twelve principles for public participation in IA follow-up are presented.

    Climate impacts heading to “uncharted territories of destruction,” U.N. chief says
    With greenhouse gas concentrations continuing to rise in the atmosphere and world leaders failing to adopt strategies to hold global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures, the earth is inching closer to dangerous climate tipping points, the United in Science report says.

    Natural History Museum wildlife photographer of the year competition
    Highlighting the fragility, resilience, and beauty of the natural world, this year’s images bring the biodiversity crisis – and power of conservation – into sharp focus. A polar bear hanging out of a window, a bonobo cradling a mongoose, a giraffe hiding under a railway bridge – these are just some of the stunning images entered into this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

    Youth call for action on plastic pollution in new UN video series
    Given that plastic can take up to a thousand years to decompose, young people will bear the weight of this problem. But they can also be part of the solution, say experts. By engaging youth and raising awareness about the challenge, campaigners can bring about a generational shift in the way humanity consumes and disposes of plastics.

    Across the globe, those harmed by climate change are turning to courts
    The 2022 Global Trends in Climate Change Litigation report by researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science found that in the past eight years, more than 1,200 cases of climate litigation were filed, whereas only about 800 had been filed from 1986 to 2014. More and more countries are seeing such litigation.

    Addressing climate change through impact assessment. Webinar. 22 September.

    OAIA: Back to Basics: Creating Value through Environmental Assessment. 19-20 October 2022. North York, ON, Canada. In person and virtual.


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