IAIA was pleased to award two Innovation Grants in late 2021 to IAIA members. A grant of US$4,494 was awarded to Juan Carlos Tejeda-González (Mexico) and Jill Blakley (Canada) to develop guidance on incorporating food security assessment into IA. The project will result in a primer and a FasTips on the subject. A grant of US$5,000 was awarded to Emmanuel Amamoo-Otchere to develop an artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) atlas in Ghana using information from Google Earth Engine. By highlighting the locations of ASGM, this replicable project may assist other communities in reversing environmental and social impacts. Applications for the next round of Innovation Grants will open in August 2022.
Innovation Grants are intended to encourage innovative, short-term projects (12 months or less) to advance IAIA's Strategic Plan. Any current IAIA member, Section, Branch, or Affiliate is eligible to apply.
Check out these projects that have received past Innovation Grant funding:
- Research and development of a report and webinar on the state of digital IA practice.
- Case studies from Italy and the Philippines (currently being finalized) on how COVID-19 has affected public consultation practices in ESIA
- Participatory development of a basic EIA Guide in English and isiZulu (currently being finalized) that can be used by communities to help them understand EIAs, and therefore, participate more effectively in these processes.
- Research and development resulting in the current publication "Best Practice Principles for Teaching Impact Assessment" and an upcoming literature review on innovations in cumulative effects assessment.
- Research and development for new reference document, "Human Health: Ensuring a High Level of Protection," with principles to be considered when examining population and human health in EIA, per the European Union EIA Directive.
- Research and development of a primer, FasTips, and webinar on impact assessment and the circular economy.
- Development and launch of the event "National Environmental and Social Forum for Sierra Leone," bringing together environmental and social scientists to discuss national environmental issues using the framework of IAIA's mission and values.
- Aashukan "The 2017 Indigenous Exchange", a gathering of indigenous participants prior to IAIA17 in Québec.
- Development of a "Compendium of National EIA Professional Recognition Schemes," a snapshot of the current state of professional recognition and accreditation schemes for individuals undertaking EIA around the world.
The 2021 guidelines and application information is available here (subject to change for 2022).