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Students: Apply now for a free training course at IAIA23
"Think Big: 2050 City Megagrowth,” a virtual forum hosted by IAIA in collaboration with Cities Alliance, is now in progress. This free discussion series supports efforts to address looming environmental and social impacts affecting the world’s cities to 2050 and beyond.
Watch Panel 1 and Panel 2 on demand now, and be sure to sign up for the live discussion on Monday, 27 March 2023 at 13:00 UTC. Joining live (it's free!) gives you a chance to contribute to the conversation during the real-time Q&A.
Stay tuned for Part Two of this forum coming in July 2023.
A limited number of training course fee waivers are available to student participants of IAIA23. 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.
IAIA23: Explore the wonders of Sarawak
Take advantage of an incredible destination by joining us in Kuching for IAIA23! Nestled on the coast of Borneo, Kuching is a haven of cultural heritage and diversity set against a backdrop of avant-garde urban development. And let's not forget the unique flora and fauna (organutans, proboscis monkeys, Irrawaddy dolphins, and the famed Rafflesia -- the largest flower in the world). Join us!
Thank you to our IAIA23 supporters, partners, and exhibitors
Norad; Prizma LLC; Impact Assessment Agency of Canada; Chiba University of Commerce; Hatch; SLR Consulting; WSP; European Investment Bank; Business Events Sarawak; Tribe Legacy Sarawak Campaign; Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture; Philippine Learning Center for Environment and Social Sustainability; and Royal HaskoningDHV.
Online training opportunities
Learn from the experts in these live, virtual training courses starting soon:
- Resettlement and livelihood restoration
- Conflict management and resolution in EIA projects
- Leadership in ESIA
What to know about the new U.N. high seas treaty — and the next steps for the accord
After nearly two decades of planning and negotiations, members of the United Nations have agreed on an international treaty to protect biodiversity in international waters, which cover nearly two-thirds of the ocean. The agreement, finalized 4 March, lays the groundwork for global collaboration to tackle the ocean's persistent threats like biodiversity loss, pollution and climate change.
IAIA FasTips on compliance and enforcement available
Compliance and enforcement relate to every stage in the EslA process, including screening. FasTips No. 25, “Compliance and Enforcement,” is now available. The FasTips series offers practical clarification on frequently asked questions and is particularly useful for a quick look when there is no time for investigating or reviewing others' experiences or formal guidances.
IAPA publisher updates guidelines to address ethics of AI authorship
Taylor & Francis, the publisher of IAIA’s journal, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, has released a statement to the effect that LLMs (Large Language Models) and AI tools such as ChatGPT and Bard do not meet the criteria for authorship and has updated its editorial policies on authorship and acknowledgement to reflect this position.
15-minute cities: What are they and how do they work?
City planners say we have to rethink the way we build urban areas to make them more sustainable, healthy and just. The so-called 15-minute city is one idea. The idea behind the concept is to build cities in such a way that most daily necessities and services are located within a 15-minute walk or bike ride. But are they viable?
Fifth biggest retailer in the world is going green
This US mega-retailer is already part way there. In addition to reducing CO2 levels internally and in its supply chain, Costco is setting sustainability as a core part of its mission. If the fifth largest retailer in the world, a for-profit company like Costco, can make this level of sustainability happen, any company can.
Malaysia palm oil, rubber farmers file EU petition opposing deforestation law
Malaysian palm oil and rubber smallholders on 15 March filed a petition to the European Union to protest against a new law preventing imports into the bloc of commodities linked to deforestation risks. Indonesia and Malaysia, the world's largest palm oil exporters, have accused the EU of blocking market access for their palm oil.
IAIA-WNC: Annual General Meeting and Presentation on IGBA+ and beyond. 20 April 2022. Online meeting.
Ecosummit 2023. Building a sustainable and desirable future: Adapting to a changing land and sea-scape. 13-17 June 2023. Gold Coast, Australia.