International Association for Impact Assessment

July 2018 Enews

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    July 2018 Enews

    Table of Contents:

    1. 19 July webinar:  Business and Key Biodiversity Areas
    2. Symposium on SDGs in Asia:  Registration open through 7 September
    3. Mining symposium:  Sessions are posted
    4. IAIA18 papers available
    5. Online foundation course in EIA offered
    6. Upcoming Branch and Affiliate events


     1. 19 July webinar:  Business and Key Biodiversity Areas

    Join IAIA on 19 July for a free webinar on “Guidelines on Business and Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs): Managing Risk to Biodiversity.” How do you identify KBAs? What is the World Database of Key Biodiversity Areas and how do you access it? How can businesses manage their direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts on KBAs? Find answers to these questions and more with Andy Plumptre, Head of the Key Biodiversity Areas Secretariat, and Giulia Carbone, Deputy Director of the Business and Biodiversity Programme at the IUCN.

    Click for a complete webinar description and to register. []

     2. Symposium on SDGs in Asia

    “Using Impact Assessment to Achieve the SDGs in Asia” will be held 1-3 October 2018 in Kuching, Malaysia. This symposium will target how voluntary IA tools and techniques, such as sustainability assessments, life cycle assessments, risk assessments, and materiality analysis, can be utilized in a region where regulatory efforts around IAs continue to experience challenges, with both the private and public sector arguing against further investment and business regulation.

    Two training courses are offered in conjunction with the symposium:  "Impact Assessment and Stakeholder Engagement: Effective Approaches and Techniques" and "SIA in Conflict Zones in Southeast Asia: Approaching Sustainability and Understanding Power."

    Session chairs and presenting authors are kindly asked to register by 27 July.

    Registration for all attendees is open through 7 September.

    A limited number of rooms have been blocked at a discounted rate at select hotels. Please be sure to book directly with the hotel as soon as possible, as the spaces may fill quickly. Rooms should be booked by 15 September at the conference hotel to take advantage of the discounted rate.

    Sponsorship opportunities are available for this symposium. Download the prospectus for more information about how to get involved and the benefits of being an IAIA symposium sponsor.

    See the symposium website for more information. #iaiasymposium

     3. Mining symposium:  Sessions are posted

    An IAIA special symposium, “Improving Impact Assessment and Management in the Mining Sector” will be held 4-5 December 2018 in London, UK.

    How can we improve upon existing impact assessment and management processes and practices currently used in the mining sector? This symposium will highlight emerging issues in the sector and will use case studies to identify key challenges and solutions. Mining companies, regulators, financial institutions, environmental and social consultants, and civil society representatives will come together to discuss critical and emerging issues in the mining sector. IAIA will use the information, case studies, and lessons learned from this forum to prepare a practical guide for conducting impact assessment and management of mining projects.

    See for a preview of sessions.

    IAIA is grateful to the following organizations who have pledged their financial and in-kind support of this symposium: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD); Centerra Gold; ERM; Golder; Lydian Armenia; Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals, and Sustainable Development; and SLR Consulting.

     4. IAIA19:  Save the date

    IAIA19 will be held 29 April – 2 May 2019 in Brisbane, Australia, with training courses and technical visits planned for 27-28 April. #iaia19

    Abstract submission will open 16 August 2018 and will close 19 October. If you plan to submit an abstract, check out IAIA19 session submissions to see what topics are available!

    Sponsorship opportunities are available for IAIA19. Download the sponsorship opportunities brochure to learn more about sponsor benefits and how you can make your company visible at IAIA19.

    Thank you to the following organizations who have already committed to sponsor IAIA19: Tourism and Events Queensland; Brisbane Marketing.

     5. IAIA18:  Papers available 

    IAIA18 presenters were invited to submit papers; see Proceedings to read papers from contributing authors.

    Durban’s conference photo album is also available now. Check it out to see what you missed or to refresh your memory!

    For more information on IAIA18, visit the conference web site#iaia18

    Special thanks to these sponsors who supported IAIA18: Republic of South Africa Department of Environmental Affairs, eThekwini Municipality, IsoMetrix, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, PRIZMA, Oil for Development NORAD, European Investment Bank, SEMADET Jalisco, Sichuan Tianyu Petroleum, ERM, The World Bank, Wood, Eskom, African Development Bank, Millennium Challenge Corporation, and South African Airways – the official airline of IAIA18.

     6. Online foundation course in EIA offered

    IAIA is offering a 12-week online Foundation Course in EIA that will be open from 17 September through 7 December 2018. Participants will be able to start and complete the course within this period, depending on how they plan to use their time to go through the content and their scheduling of the video conferences with their trainer. 

    Applications for the course are due 20 August 2018. The Foundation Course in EIA is the first in a planned series of online courses as part of IAIA’s Professional Development Program (PDP). It is designed for early-career professionals with some EIA experience and covers the basic principles and objectives of EIA, its core concepts and methods, and the fundamentals of EIA review processes and study management. The course adopts a comprehensive definition of “environment” to include the physical, biological, resource use, social, cultural, health, and economic dimensions of the project environment. Each course participant also receives personal support from an experienced IAIA trainer, especially through several online video conferences. The course should take about 20-30 hours to complete, and the cost is US$550.

    For more information and to apply for the course, visit

     7. Upcoming Branch and Affiliate events

    UVP-Gesellschaft e.V.  (German Affiliate), is holding a conference on “Fit for the future with environmental assessment - new law and new fields of action,” 26-28 September 2018, in Goslar, Germany. The call for abstracts is open until 15 March. See for more information.

    Ontario Association for Impact Assessment (OAIA): “Planning and Protecting Water Resources:  Emerging Issues, Approaches and Technologies” will be held 17-18 October 2018 in Toronto, Canada. With technological advancements, improvements in our use and understanding of scientific and Indigenous knowledge, policy enhancements, climate change, cumulative effects, regional and strategic EA and increased public scrutiny, EA practitioners are facing emerging water-related issues in EAs at an ever-accelerating rate. This year’s conference will explore these issues. For more information, visit

    Associação Brasileira de Avaliação de Impacto (ABAI), IAIA’s pilot Affiliate in Brazil, will be holding the Brazilian Congress of Impact Assessment (CBAI), 22-26 October 2018. See for more information.

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