International Association for Impact Assessment

Smarter Monitoring and Auditing for More Effective Implementation

Smarter Monitoring and Auditing for More Effective Implementation

OTC 22-07
Dates: 6, 8, 12, and 13 Sep 2022
Times: 3:00 - 6:30 pm UTC each day (Coordinated Universal Time)
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Presented by: Charlotte Bingham (US), Bryony Walmsly (South Africa) & Defne Arisoy (Turkey)
Course tuition:  US$480 for IAIA Members / $580 for Non-IAIA Members  (No bursaries available for Online Training Courses.)
Please register early! The course will be cancelled if the minimum number has not been reached one week before the course start date. If the training course is cancelled at that time due to low enrollment, IAIA will notify you and provide refund information.
Payment & refund policies: Registration is not confirmed until payment has been received and a receipt has been issued. Pre-registration and pre-payment by individual course deadline is required. IAIA will refund registration fees upon written request received before the specific course deadline; a US$125 processing fee will be retained. After the course deadline date, no refunds will be issued for cancelations or no-shows. Substitutions for paid registrants may be made in writing without financial penalty. 
Course level:  Intermediate to Advanced      
Language of delivery: Engish         
Prerequisites: Knowledge of the ESIA process, including the formulation of Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs), and some experience with project monitoring or auditing. 
Homework between sessions: Reading the case study before the 2 group work sessions (about 30 minutes)  


There is interest, as expressed by the 2021 IAIA International Conference, in exploring the scientific, technological, and governance advancements towards efficiency and effectiveness in ESIA and decision-making.  Questions about the increase in the volume of data and the development of new tools and techniques in collecting data relating to the ESIA process are even more relevant for the post-ESIA phase of project development and satisfactory environmental and social governance through project implementation.  Without having a thorough understanding of the baseline environment, supported by scientific and evidence-based data, it is extremely difficult to a) determine project impacts, b) determine ESMP effectiveness, and c) develop meaningful monitoring and auditing programs.

The target audience is varied; we seek to engage anyone who is involved in monitoring or auditing project implementation. Those who will benefit include developers of monitoring and auditing programs or other compliance documents, environmental and social site officers, environmental and social monitors, regulatory authorities, independent auditors, company compliance auditors, contractors, developers, and supervisory engineering consultants.

The course will be structured so as to provide a balanced mix of presentations, discussions, case studies, and group work.

Testimonials from previous training course participants:
  • "Exchanges on real case studies, helpful PPTs, group exercises."
  • "Really enjoyed the morning sessions + listening to lessons learnt from the instructors' experiences."
  • "I liked the course and the experience of the instructors (also the invited instructor online, she was amazing)."
  • "I learned more than expected, appreciated instructors’ depth of expertise."
  • "Relaxed atmosphere and participatory. Thank you - very helpful!"


Charlotte Bingham 
 has more than 40 years' experience in ESIA, starting in the US in 1977. For 18 years she prepared EAs for the US and international infrastructure projects as a part of a multi-disciplinary team and managed those teams for an A&E consulting firm. From 1994 through 2010, she administered EA processes and conducted EA review with USAID (Senior Regional Advisor at regional office in Nairobi), the World Bank (Africa Safeguards Coordinator and Lead Environmental Specialist) and the Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC Senior Director and Practice Leader). She is now an independent consultant.

Defne Arisoy  has more than 20 years' general experience in Environmental Management, Monitoring and Auditing. She also presented as a guest lecturer in local universities. After 13 years of experience in a refinery, conducting trainings, environmental monitoring and compliance assurance, she worked as an EIA expert for the longest pipeline project of Turkey.  She has worked in Morocco as an E&S Manager in renewable energy projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.  She is currently working as an Individual Consultant in internationally financed railway infrastructure projects.

Bryony Walmsley has more than 40 years' experience in environmental consulting. After 24 years of undertaking ESIAs, her current focus in on capacity building and training, development of reference materials, undertaking review of large projects, environmental compliance auditing, and development and research of environmental tools. She has extensive experience in all aspects of EIA practice, including participating and managing large EIAs for infrastructure and mining projects throughout southern Africa.  More recently, she has participated in multi-disciplinary teams for several Strategic Environmental Assessments on a diverse range of policies, programmes, sector and regional developments.

Left to Right:
Charlotte Bingham, Defne Arisoy, Bryony Walmsley




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