International Association for Impact Assessment

April 2016 enews

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    April 2016 enews

    IAIA April 2016 enews

    Table of Contents:

    1.  IAIA16 updates 
    2.  Water Symposium updates
    3.  2016 award winners
    4.  FasTips feedback
    5.  IAIA HQ closed 6 May – 20 May
    6.  Members in the news: New publication

    1. IAIA16 updates

    IAIA16, “Impact Assessment: Resilience and Sustainability,” will be held 11-14 May 2016 in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan. For more information, visit the conference website. Be sure to include #iaia16 whenever you share information about IAIA16 on social media.

    Registration closes 18 April:  Registrations for IAIA16 will be accepted through Monday, 18 April.  On-site registrations will not be accepted.

    Special event updates:  Registration is now closed for the banquet, as it is at maximum capacity. No refunds will be issued for cancelations on-site. Limited space is still available in the following technical visits and training courses. Be sure to register by 18 April if you want to attend!

    Visit B: EIA & Sustainable Decisions (9 May)
    Visit C: Ecofriendly Development (10 May)
    Course #4: How to Maximize the Value and Effect of SIA (9-10 May)
    Course #6: Quality Assurance in EIA (9-10 May)
    Course #9: State of the Art Sustainability Assessment (9-10 May)

    Mentors needed:  The mentoring program helps students, early professionals, and first-time delegates feel more comfortable and less overwhelmed with their IAIA conference experience. The Mentor acts as a discussion partner on common topics of interest for the professional development of the mentee and as a friendly point of contact for guidance and navigation through IAIA (i.e., members, Sections, conference format). If you would be willing to serve as a mentor, please contact Loreley as soon as possible. 

    Join us for bag stuffing:  IAIA HQ and local volunteers will be stuffing the delegate bags at the Nagoya Congress Center on Sunday, 8 May, from approximately 1:00-4:00pm.  If you are in Nagoya and would be willing to help, please join us at the venue for an hour or two. You can then stick around to pick up your own registration materials – the registration desk opens at 4:00pm that day.

    2.  Water Symposium updates

    The IAIA Special Symposium on Water and Impact Assessment will be held 31 August-2 September 2016 in Lincoln, United Kingdom.  For more information, visit the symposium website. Tag #iaiawater whenever you share information about this event on social media!

    Registration open: Registration for the symposium is now open. Preliminary program information, such as session descriptions, technical visit options, banquet details, and more, has also been posted.  

    Paper/poster abstracts invited: The online submission form for symposium abstracts is now available. Please review the guidelines and policies and then submit your abstract by 31 May 2016.

    Sponsorship opportunities: IAIA is currently seeking sponsors for the Water Symposium. Download the Sponsorship Opportunities brochure to find out the various ways your company can reach out to 300 environmental professionals from around the world.

    3. 2016 award winners

    IAIA is pleased to announce its 2016 award winners.  These recipients will be formally recognized at IAIA16 in Nagoya, Japan.  Thank you to those who submitted nominations for the Awards Committee to consider. Criteria for each award, along with links to past award winners, can be found on the IAIA Awards page.

    C.S. “Buzz” Holling was chosen to receive the IAIA Global Environment Award for his sustained commitment to research, education, and policy surrounding ecology and global climate change. His research provided new perspectives on the interaction between human and natural systems, leading to new methodologies of impact assessment.

    Juan D. Quintero receives the Lifetime Achievement Award for his sustained and significant contribution to impact assessment practice, which has helped to mainstream conservation into infrastructure projects around the world.  

    The Carter Center’s Mining Governance Program was chosen to receive the Institutional Award because of its promotion of human rights impact assessment as a tool for change in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Kin Che Lam was selected as recipient of the Regional Award for his ongoing and sustained contributions to impact assessment in Asia, including his role in organizing regular regional meetings on topics such as Strategic Environmental Assessment and his work in promoting climate change activities in the region.

    Lone Kørnøv was selected for the Individual Award for her dedication to improving and promoting environmental assessment through her research, teaching, and practice, and for her work in establishing the Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment. 

    The Outstanding Service to IAIA Award is presented to Arne Dalfelt for his contributions to IAIA and capacity building, displayed through his commitment to the Oil for Development stipend program, his role as program chair at IAIA06 in Norway, and his long-term efforts to strengthen the EIA Professional Network for Capacity and Linkages in Environmental Assessment in Africa (CLEAA).

    Toma Rani Saha, Bangladesh, was selected as the recipient of this year’s Rita R. Hamm IA Excellence Scholarship. Toma is a scientist working in the climate change, climate variability, and impact assessment fields.

    The 2015 IAPA Best Paper Award is presented to Alan Ehrlich and Bill Ross for their paper “The significance spectrum and EIA significance determinations,” published in IAPA 33(2).

    4. FasTips feedback

    Have you been using FasTips or sharing them with others? Do you have a suggestion or a request for a FasTip on a different topic?  Let us know what you think!  Contact Maria Partidário, FasTips Series Editor, with your feedback and ideas.

    5. IAIA HQ closed 6 May – 20 May

    IAIA HQ will be closed on Friday, 6 May, and will remain closed through the conference.  The office will officially re-open on Monday, 23 May.

    6. Members in the news: New publication

    IAIA member Jean-Roger Mercier has recently published a new assessment manual.  “Management of environmental and social assessments for development projects, plans, programmes and policies in the Mediterranean: A sourcebook” is available for download in French, English, and Arabic at

    Have you or an IAIA member you know recently made news, celebrated a promotion, retired, published a book, or completed a major project?  Please send the information to and share it with the IAIA community!

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