International Association for Impact Assessment

Digital IA: Progress and Potential on Digital Impact Assessment in Nigeria

  • Presenter(s): Josh Fothergill & Etia Ndarake

    Recorded: 17 January 2024

    This free 90-minute event was the sixth installment in the IAIA-Fothergill TC Digital Impact Assessment Webinar Series. The series delved deeper into specific areas and examples of how digital approaches and technology were used to advance IA, as discussed in their joint report, "The State of Digital IA Practice."

    Insights from a collaborative project were unveiled during the webinar, featuring the 2021 research on digital IA in Nigeria, which was funded by the UK’s Department for Business and Trade. The dedicated research report, "Enabling Digital Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in Nigeria," was launched in the webinar. The report, a result of extensive interviews and collaboration with key stakeholders, including the Federal Ministry of Environment, offered a comprehensive view of digital IA in the country.

    Presenters included:

    • Josh Fothergill, Founder & Director - Fothergill Training & Consulting Ltd
    • Etia Ndarake, Director - Principal Associate - Willend Associates Ltd

    Webinar Highlights:

    • Introduction to Digital IA
    • Background and approach to digital approaches in Nigerian EIA
    • Exploration of key findings from the report
    • Case study on applying digital IA in the Nigerian system

    The event concluded with a panel discussion featuring the report's authors, addressing delegate questions and exploring potential opportunities. Additional insights from stakeholders, including the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Netherlands Commission for Environmental Assessment, were also featured. Attendees had the opportunity to delve into the future of Digital Environmental Impact Assessment in Nigeria.

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