The Ireland-UK Branch held its inaugural meeting in December 2005 and was granted permanent Branch status in May 2008.
News and Information
First meeting of recently elected branch committee members
The new branch committee held its first meeting on 28 June 2011 at the University of Liverpool within the context of an international workshop on ‘Health in Environmental Assessment: Developing an International Perspective’. The new committee consists of John Fry, Ainhoa Gonzalez (both from Ireland), Natasha Madeira, Iain Hossack (both from Scotland), as well as Bridget Durning, Debra Fox, Phil LeGouais and Thomas Fischer (all from England) and is chaired by Thomas Fischer. A number of action points were brought forward, among which a planned survey with IAIA members from Ireland and the UK on what they expect from the branch and ideas for a future branch event.
Certificate Programme in Public Participation - International Association for Public Participation (IAP2)
13-17 June 2011, central London
More information including a training brochure and registration form is available online
Ireland-UK Branch Newsletter
February 2010 - Branch activity contributes to IAIA's Global Effectiveness Study into EIA: On the 11th February 2010 a meeting of UK EIA experts was held in Bath to discuss effectiveness in EIA with the outputs contributing to the IAIA's international study into effectiveness across environmental assessment processes. The Forum was led by Trevor Turpin, who is managing the EIA component of the study, and aimed to identify and discuss potential solutions to problems that exist with current EIA practice. The Forum built upon a series of 10 EIA Effectiveness workshops that IEMA organised during the summer of 2009 to contribute to the IAIA’s research. The Bath meeting was effective and generated lots of discussion. The findings were discussed at IAIA'10 in Geneva. Presentations are found below:
October 2009 – Climate Change Adaptation and IA Conference presentations now availableOn the 8th October 2009 the Ireland & UK Branch of the IAIA in partnership with the UK Government’s Met Office held a 1-day Conference on: Climate Change Adaptation Strategies and their incorporation in Impact Assessments
The conference, kindly sponsored by Golder Associates (www.golder.com), was designed for those working or involved in impact assessment (e.g. EIA, SEA, SA, HIA, etc) and provided advice on how to consider climate change adaptation in the impact assessment process. The conference programme was split into three sessions that focussed on the perspective of:
- Professionals, and
The conference programme and presentations can be downloaded below:
- Conference Programme:
- Climate change adaptation – Science and ScenariosDr Richard Betts, Head of Climate Impacts, Met Office [PDF - 2.2 MB]
- Government action on climate change adaptation [PowerPoint - 4.2 MB]Jonathan Capstick, Defra
- Adaptation to climate change in decision making [PowerPoint - 2.3 MB]Mark Goldthorpe, UKCIP
- Planning and climate change adaptation [PowerPoint - 2.4 MB]Elisabeth Wilson, School of Planning, Oxford Brookes University
- The Scottish Government’s guidance on SEA & Climate Change [PDF - 1.7 MB]Neil Deasley, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency
- Climate change adaptation in Environment Agency EIA and SEARoss Marshall – NEAS, Environment Agency
- Case study: The SEA of Scotland’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy [PowerPoint - 780 KB]Nick James, Land Use Consultants
- Flood Risk Assessments – considering climate change [PowerPoint - 7.4 MB]Karen Potter, Liverpool University
- Ecology and climate change adaptation - The RSPB’s perspectiveDr Olly Watts, RSPB
- Health Impact Assessment and climate change adaptation [PowerPoint - 820 KB]Martin Birley – Birley HIA
- Towards World Leadership in Environmental Assessment: The unofficial SEA of SEA in Scotland, University of Strathclyde, May 2008: A 3-part workshop held jointly with the IEMA Scotland West region: See report of the event in the Dec 2008/Jan 2009 Branch newsletter.
- "Changing Climates for Environmental Assessment" Programme. 24 October 2007
- "EIA and SEA as Design Tools," at Edinburgh Castle (with ICE), July 2007
- "Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment," (with RTPI North West), at the University of Liverpool, October 2006
- "Up, Down and Sideways: Extending and Integrating Assessments," at the University College Dublin, March 2006
- "Contemporary Challenges in Impact Assessment," the IAIA Ireland-UK Branch Launch Event, at the University of East Anglis, Norwich, December 2005
Please do send any comments, requests for a Branch response to consultations, or get in touch regarding Branch activities, by emailing Thomas Fischer.
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