Check out the latest enews, sent 26 January
Learn from the experts in these live virtual training courses. Each course takes place over four sessions, with live participation during each session required. All times are listed in UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), so make sure the timing works in your time zone before registering. Tuition for each course is US$480 for current IAIA members and US$580 for non-members.
Effective engagement in impact assessment: Working to international good practice standards
Session Code: OTC 23-02
Dates: 21, 23, 28 and 30 March 2023
Time: 08:00-11:00 UTC each day (that's 4am New York, 8am London, 11am Nairobi, 4pm Hong Kong)
Registration Deadline: 14 March 2023
More effective impact assessment: Tools for stronger argument and clearer writing
(NOTE: TWO SESSIONS AVAILABLE for different dates/time zones!)
Session Code: OTC 23-01
Dates: 14, 16, 21, and 23 March 2023
Time: 13:00-16:30 UTC each day (that's 9am New York, 1pm London, 4pm Nairobi, 9pm Hong Kong)
Registration Deadline: 7 March 2023
Session Code: OTC 23-03
Dates: 28 March, 30 March, 4 April, and 6 April 2023
Time: 17:00 - 20:30 UTC each day (that's 1pm New York, 6pm London, 8pm Nairobi, 1am Hong Kong)
Registration deadline: 21 March 2023
Last chance to save on IAIA23 registration rates
Register by 8 February to take advantage of early bird rates and save money! “Resilience through impact assessment and leadership” (8-11 May 2023) will be held in Kuching, Malaysia, as an in-person conference (virtual participation is not available for this event). Download the preliminary program for full event details.
New workshop added to IAIA23 schedule
Join this UNDP workshop (8 May; 09:00-12:00; US$30) to discuss the United Nations Development Programme’s updated Social and Environmental Standards (SES) policy and its application. The workshop will disseminate UNDP practices among interested parties and share questions and experiences related to implementing the SES in UNDP programming. See p.10 of the preliminary program for more details.
Students: Apply for a free training course slot at IAIA23
A limited number of training course fee waivers are available to student participants of IAIA23 once courses reach their minimum paid enrollments. Apply between 15-30 March 2023. Allocations of the free slots will be made in early April based on the order in which the requests were received and subject to instructor approval.
Increase your organization’s visibility at IAIA23
Consider being an IAIA23 sponsor or exhibitor. Sponsorship options start as low as US$3000, and exhibit booth prices are the lowest they have been in 10+ years! Both come with complimentary registrations and other benefits. Click here for more details. Thank you to these IAIA23 supporters: Norad, Prizma LLC, Impact Assessment Agency of Canada, Chiba University of Commerce, and Hatch.
New international best practice principles available
“Public participation impact assessment follow-up” by IAIA members Jos Arts and Angus Morrison-Saunders is the latest international best practice principles document released by IAIA. The best practice principles series is intended to guide development and capacity building among practitioners for improving IA processes, practices, and outcomes.
Affiliate press release: Renewables need EIAs
On 28 December 2022, the Spanish Government introduced Royal Decree-Law 20/2022, currently under parliamentary review, that introduces the possibility of exempting renewable energy projects from EIA. AEEIA, an IAIA Affiliate in Spain, argues that authorizing renewable energy projects should never be at the cost of reducing their environmental and public consultation requirements.
NZAIA conference presentations available
Presentations from “Wellbeing, Sustainability and Impact Assessment: towards more integrated policy-making” are now posted online. The conference was organized by NZAIA, an IAIA Affiliate in New Zealand.
Earth's ozone layer is on track to recover
The ozone layer is on course to fully recover thanks to global efforts to phase out ozone-depleting chemicals. That’s according to the UN, which presented its latest findings on 9 January. It said that if current policies remain in place, the ozone layer will fully recover across much of the world by 2040. The polar regions, it added, will take around two decades longer.
Hydropower without the environmental impact
Scientists have analyzed data from nearly three million rivers across the globe to identify where hydropower stations could be sited with limited environmental impacts. The study, “A global-scale framework for hydropower development incorporating strict environmental constraints,” has been published in the inaugural edition of the scientific journal Nature Water.
What can Half or Whole Earth conservation strategies do for orangutans?
Orangutans, like most of the world’s great apes, are struggling. Now, the authors of a recent study on orangutan conservation on the island of Borneo, Malaysia, have posited how two sweeping, global conservation ideas might impact orangutan survival: the Whole Earth and Half-Earth paradigms. In doing so, this thought experiment has surfaced questions about the impacts of these frameworks on the conservation of a single species, as well as about whether the authors accurately interpreted these frameworks.
AQEI: Innovations règlementaires récentes en Francophonie et incidences sur la pratique. 29-31 March 2023. Québec, Canada.
ISEM 2023: Ecological Models for Tomorrow’s Solutions. 2-6 May 2023. Scarborough, Canada.