International Association for Impact Assessment

December 2017 Enews

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    December 2017 Enews

    IAIA December 2017 e-news

     Table of Contents:

    1. IAIA18 updates
    2. IAPA expanding to 6 issues
    3. HRIA key citations released
    4. New! FasTips available in Russian
    5. Webinar recording available
    6. Symposium proceedings online
    7. Save the date:Symposium on SDGs in Asia
    8. Career Central:New position posted
    9. Upcoming Branch and Affiliate events
    10. Other upcoming events
    11. HQ office holiday hours

     1. IAIA18 updates 

    IAIA18, “Environmental Justice in Societies in Transition,” will be held 16-19 May 2018 in Durban, South Africa. For more information, visit the conference web site#iaia18

    The preliminary program is available. Download it today to see an overview of the technical program, details on training courses and technical visits, special meetings and networking activities, and more!

    Registration is open at http://conferences.iaia.org/2018/registration.php. Register by 8 February and receive the Early Bird discount!

    Workshop added to schedule:  “EIB Expert Engagement Workshop: Integrating Climate Change Considerations into Organizations’ Strategies, Processes, and Standards.” This workshop, facilitated by the European Investment Bank (EIB), will familiarize practitioners with the EIB’s strategic approach to Climate Action and the ongoing integration of climate change aspects into the EIB standards. It will be an opportunity to discuss interlinkages between climate change, environment, and social impacts and exchange views on how to better integrate climate change considerations into strategies, due-diligence, and project-level impact assessments. Date/Time:  15 May 2018, 09:00-17:00. Cost:  US$25. Pre-registration is required. 

    Already registered for IAIA18? No problem! You can still add special events, such as technical visits, the banquet, and this new workshop, to your registration – just log in to your account at the IAIA Online Store and select the individual listing for each item, or email info@iaia.org for help.

    Rita R. Hamm scholarship applications open:  IAIA is pleased to offer the Rita R. Hamm IA Excellence Scholarship in honor of the legacy that IAIA’s former CEO has left on the organization and the field of impact assessment. One scholarship is offered in conjunction with each annual IAIA conference, allowing a young practitioner in the region of the host country to attend. Click http://conferences.iaia.org/2018/rita-r-hamm-ia-excellence-scholarship.php by 18 December for more information and to apply.

    Young professionals bursary applications open:  For IAIA18, up to 40 bursaries will be given to young professionals in the form of waived registration fees. Recipients are expected to cover all other costs associated with attending the conference. It is IAIA’s hope that these bursaries will help more young professionals from lower income economies attend our premier annual event. Click http://conferences.iaia.org/2018/young-professionals-bursary.php by 15 March 2018 for more information and to apply.

    Sponsorship opportunities are available for IAIA18. Increase your organization’s visibility before an international audience of environmental and social professionals. Download the sponsorship brochure for more information about how to get involved and the benefits of being an IAIA conference sponsor.


    2. IAPA expanding to 6 issues

    IAIA’s journal, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal (IAPA), is continuing to grow. In 2016, IAPA received its first Impact Factor (©Clarivate Analytics) and, from 2018, it will increase in frequency from four to six issues, now publishing bimonthly. IAIA members will continue to have access to all IAPA articles online for free through the members area of the IAIA website, and IAIA members who opt to receive print copies of the journal will receive the two extra issues at no extra charge, just $35 for an annual subscription. If you would like to receive a print subscription to IAPA, please contact Kayla Deitch at info@iaia.org.


     3. HRIA key citations released

    Key citations on Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA), are now available online, thanks to IAIA members Nora Götzmann and Natasha Maria Lund Andersen.

    The Key Citations series was developed to provide a starting point for people new to the various fields of impact assessment. The references provided are an indicative overview of the field and establish what might be regarded as the core literature. They include a selection of currently available textbooks published by commercial publishers, a selection of journal articles from the last 10 or so years, and key official documents. Some historically significant articles are also included. See the entire series at http://www.iaia.org/key-citations.php.


     4. New! FasTips available in Russian

    FasTips are small but useful pieces of practical and quick advice designed to serve impact assessment (IA) professionals, may they be consultants, reviewers or other professionals dealing with different forms of IA.

    The FasTips series offers practical clarification on frequently asked questions and are particularly useful for a quick look when there is no time for investigating or reviewing others' experiences or formal guidances.

    The following FasTips topics are now available in Russian

    • Impact assessment
    • Alternatives in SEA of plans and programs
    • Health impact assessment
    • Alternatives in project EIA
    • Involuntary resettlement:Good practice according to donor policies

    Look for more FasTips in Russian to be posted in the coming weeks.


    5. Webinar recording available

    If you missed our recent webinar on “Empowering Indigenous Voices in Impact Assessment,” you can watch the recording online. You can also download the presenters’ slides and related handouts. 


    6. Symposium proceedings online

    IAIA’s recent symposium on “Mainstreaming the Mitigation Hierarchy in Impact Assessment” was a successful event. Many of the proceedings have been uploaded to the event website.  Whether you attended the symposium or not, feel free to check them out.


    7. Save the date:  Symposium on SDGs in Asia

    The newest topic in IAIA’s lineup of special symposiums is “Using Impact Assessment to Achieve the SDGs in Asia.” The symposium will be held 1-3 October 2018 in Kuching, Malaysia. Abstract submission will open in March 2018.

    Sponsorship opportunities are available for this symposium. Download the prospectus for more information about how to get involved and the benefits of being an IAIA symposium sponsor.

    See the symposium website for more information.


    8. Career Central:  New position posted

    Check out the new position posted in IAIA’s Career Central, connecting employers and job seekers in the field of impact assessment.

    • Junior Technical Advisor - Environmental and Social Safeguards Directorate for Technical Assessment and Monitoring

    Is your company hiring? Consider posting the position in Career Central—IAIA members can post jobs for free!


    9. Upcoming Branch and Affiliate events

    Associação Portuguesa de Avaliação de Impactes (APAI) Portugues Affiliate:  Award Ceremony for the “Best Non-Technical Summary (RNT) Award” 2017 is being held 15 December 2017. See APAI for more information.  

    Associação Brasileira de Avaliação de Impacto (ABAI), IAIA’s pilot Affiliate in Brazil, will be holding the Brazilian Congress of Impact Assessment (CBAI), October 22-26 2018. See http://avaliacaodeimpacto.org.br/evento/ for more information.


    10. Other upcoming events

    The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is pleased to invite you and your colleagues for a training program on Social Impact Assessment (SIA) from 18-22 December 2017, at the Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute (AAETI) in Nimli, (Alwar) Rajasthan. SIA is an important tool for informed decision-makers, regulators and stakeholders, used for evaluating the possible social and economic impacts of a proposed project and thus requires active involvement of all concerned stakeholders. CSE recognizes this need and has developed a hands-on five-day training program aimed at giving practical exposure to participants on SIA with specific reference to development projects, such as infrastructure, mining and other. The program will also impart understanding of the issues and challenges in land acquisition, enhance skills in socio-economic surveys, consultations, data collection, planning land acquisition and rehabilitation and resettlement plan. The course would also discuss applicable central/state laws such as Panchayat (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act (PESA), The Forest Rights Act, 2006, and the Companies Acts, 2013 and their significance to the overall process of SIA. For a more detailed listing of the training course program, visit the website. Please send any inquiries to Arjunvir Kol Chak at arjunvir.chak@cseindia.org.

    The Canadian Institute of Planners, in partnership with the Manitoba Professional Planners Institute, is hosting its 2018 National Conference in Winnipeg (19-22 July 2018).  Recognizing that city and community building crosses many disciplines, the 2018 conference is inviting participation from all its allied professions (architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, transportation planning, archaeology, environmental science, real estate development, legal, governance, etc.) to join planners from across Canada in dialogue about the core issues that shape our communities. The theme of the 2018 Conference is SOUL – focusing on how culture, the environment, social dynamics and history shape the SOUL of our communities. The conference will challenge participants to reflect on what SOUL means to planning and how it informs the work of planners and city-building professionals alike. For more information or to register, please visit www.cip-icu.ca/soul_2018. The deadline to submit an abstract is 21 December 2018.  More information on presentation/abstract submission can be found at http://www.cip-icu.ca/Files/SOUL-2018/CallForPresentations-English-FINAL.aspx.  


    11. HQ office holiday hours

    IAIA HQ will be open through Friday, 22 December, and will re-open on Tuesday, 2 January.

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