International Association for Impact Assessment

October 2018 enews

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    October 2018 enews

    Table of Contents:

    1. December mining symposium:  Register for training course by 16 October!
    2. Successful symposium held on SDGs in Asia
    3. Call for nominations:  IAIA Board of Directors
    4. Updated climate change key citations available
    5. IADB's MICI accepting EoIs for renewing its Roster of Experts
    6. Upcoming Branch, Affiliate, and Associated Organization events

    1. IAIA19:  Abstract submission open through 19 October, preliminary program is posted

    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 is open through 19 October. If you plan to submit an abstract, check out IAIA19 session submissions to see what topics are available!

    The preliminary program and registration information are now posted online.

    As an introduction to the conference theme, the IAIA19 Organizing Committee invites you to read their article in IAIA’s journal, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, at This article is free for anyone to access through 30 June 2019.

    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.

    2. December mining symposium

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

    Session descriptions:

    To register: Registration closes 15 November 2018.

    A one-day training course will be held immediately prior to the symposium on 3 December: Key Concepts and Tools for Integrating Human Rights into Impact Assessment. Pre-registration and pre-payment by 15 November is required – but please register early! The course will be cancelled if it does not reach the minimum number of paid participants by 16 October 2018.

    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; SLR Consulting; AngloAmerican; and SRK Consulting.

    3. Successful symposium held on SDGs in Asia

    A special symposium, “Using Impact Assessment to Achieve the SDGs in Asia,” was held 1-3 October 2018 in Kuching, Malaysia. 129 delegates from 12 countries came together to discuss 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. Presentations will be uploaded through the end of October.

    See the symposium website for more information.

    Special thanks to the following Institutional Partners who helped make this event possible: Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus; Sanata Dharma University; and Natural Resources and Environment Board. Thanks also to Chiba University of Commerce, Sarawak Timber Association, and State Government of Sarawak as sponsors of the event.

    4. Call for nominations:  IAIA Board of Directors

    Are you interested in serving on the IAIA Board of Directors? IAIA members are encouraged to self-nominate for the positions of President and two Directors for the 2019 election, to be held in January 2019 for the three-year term of May 2019 through May 2022.

    To self-nominate, an interested member should gather at least five signatures of support from other current IAIA members. Please see the Self-Nomination Instructions document for full details. These signatures should be submitted along with the other required details no later than 9 November 2018. Self-nominations received after that date will not be accepted.

    See for more information about serving on the IAIA Board. 

    5. Updated climate change key citations available

    See IAIA Publications [] for updated climate change key citations, “Incorporating Climate Change Considerations in Impact Assessments.” Many thanks to Philip Byer, Arend Kolhoff, Wes Fisher, and Peter Croal for their work on this update!

    6. IADB's MICI accepting EoIs for renewing its Roster of Experts

    The InterAmerican Development Bank's (IADB) Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (MICI) is renewing its Roster of Experts of the Compliance Review Phase and will be receiving written expressions of interest (EoI) until October 31st, 2018, via email sent to The Roster is integrated by independent consultants with proven experience in the different areas covered by IDB Group operations and the application of its Relevant Operational Policies, specifically environmental, social, and transparency issues. The MICI website [] provides information on their work and the Roster of Experts in English and Spanish.  The Terms of Reference in English can be accessed here.

    7. Upcoming Branch, Affiliate, and Associated Organization events

    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. 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.

    The Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) will be holding its annual conference, “Imagine:  Environment, People, Future,” 1-2 November 2018 in Sydney, Australia. See for more information. #eianz201b8

    New Zealand Association for Impact Assessment's (NZAIA) annual conference, ​​"UnIntended Consequences:  Impact Assessment for Sustainable Regional Futures," will be held 28-29 November in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. See the NZAIA web site for more information.

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