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Submission deadline was 31 January 2012

Important Dates

  • August 2011 Session proposal submission opens
  • 31 August 2011 Deadline for session proposals and requests for special meetings
  • 10 September 2011 Session organizers notified of acceptance status
  • 2 December 2012 Preliminary program posted; paper and poster abstract submission opens
  • 31 January 2012 Deadline for submission of paper and poster abstracts
  • 29 February 2012 Authors notified of paper or poster acceptance status
  • 15 March 2012 Registration and payment deadline for presenters and all individuals to be listed in the final program and proceedings
  • 8 April 2012 Deadline for draft papers
  • 30 April 2012 Paper reviews completed
  • 31 July 2012 Deadline for revised papers
  • 31 August 2012 Deadline for final, formatted papers submitted to HQ for posting in online proceedings

Program Updates

New Sessions

Partnerships: Mining and communities
This session explore the relationship between mining companies and the communities affected by mining. These relationships can be a source of conflict and negative relationships can pose a significant risk to all the parties involved. Partnerships are seen as an important tool to balance the power relationships between mines and communities.

Ecosystem Services Review for IA: Application to Energy Projects
Session chair(s): Orlando Venn, Florence Florence Landsberg, Jo Treweek
This session presents the Ecosystem Services Review for Impact Assessment (ESR for IAs), a structured and detailed methodology to address ecosystem services from scoping to mitigation stage. Participants will be introduced to the ESR for IAs conceptual framework and seven implementation steps and tools. Among others it will assist practitioners in meeting the new requirements of the International Finance Corporation Performance Standards, which requires many energy projects to "maintain the benefits arising from ecosystem services."

Session Changes

"Energy Game" to facilitate EA of energy plans
Will be co-chaired by Patrick Driscoll and Jean-Philippe Waaub.

Smart Grid is green tech - but how to assess its environmental impacts?
Will be chaired by Jean-Philippe Waaub.

EIA Co-ordination: Orchestrating The EIA Process
Will now be co-chaired by Susan Evans and Derek Melton.
The body of guidance and good practice in EIA is substantial and expanding, with particular emphasis on the range of specialist physical, social and ecological technical studies undertaken within an EIA.  There is, however, less guidance on good practice for EIA co-ordination, the process by which an EIA is orchestrated, involving the management and co-ordination of the range of specialist inputs to the EIA and ensuring that these meet required standards.
Developers recognize that the preparation of a robust EIA can be critical to securing a timely consent for development.  As EIA can be a complex and lengthy process requiring the interaction of a wide-range of stakeholders, EIA needs to be well coordinated at all stages.
The objectives of this workshop session are to provide a clearer understanding of the importance of EIA coordination and to identify good practice in EIA co-ordination and, thereby, contribute to higher standards in EIA practice overall. We hope to attract a good mix of players including from industry, NGOs, governments, banks and consultants, to share perspectives on EIA coordination, especially from lessons learned, and to discuss key aspects of coordination required to facilitate a successful EIA process.

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