News and Events
27 May - 1 June 2012
IAIA12 Energy Future: The Role of Impact Assessment, Porto, Portugal
What is the role of impact assessment on future global, national and local energy decisions and choices?
How can we tackle the environmental and social risks that will appear as a result of our quest for the development, production and management of new energy sources?
Our view of the world and the world economy over the last 3-4 human generations has been shaped by assumptions of infinite energy supplied primarily by fossil fuels. Impact assessments have scrutinized thousands of energy projects, but few have considered the long-term future supply and sources of non-renewable and renewable energy as critical to decision-making. Now, however, the basic principle of limitless energy is under challenge.
Impact assessment has proven to be a powerful evolving tool able to incorporate environmental, social and health concerns, among others, in decision-making processes. More integrated approaches are being tested for biodiversity and climate change. Understanding the future of energy must also be one of the highest priorities for impact assessment professionals.
Share your experiences, concerns, and ideas about the IAIA12 theme and other important topics. Papers, posters, and workshops are welcome on all aspects of the conference theme and within the scope of all IAIA Section topics.
The conference will be structured around four thematic streams:
· Renewable energy
· Fossil fuels
· Electric powered transportation
· Electric power leap
In addition to conference sessions, workshops, and training courses, you will also be able to choose technical visits, sightseeing tours, networking opportunities, and more.
Visit the IAIA website for more information and to sign up to receive updates about this conference.
Welcome to the SEA Wiki
The SEA Wiki has been developed by the United Nations University and Oxford Brookes University, with support from the Global Virtual University, to provide an online platform for the international community to engage in knowledge building on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).
The goal of the SEA Wiki is to be a collaboratively built online information resource used to support training and research activities around the world including the SEA e-Course Module. It is intended that the SEA Wiki to serve as a tool that facilitates communication, discussion, sharing of ideas and information, and the building of knowledge about SEA amongst it's audience.
About the SEA Wiki
The SEA Wiki currently contains an extensive list of infromation resources on a number of topics on Strategic Environmental Assessment. You can explore the SEA-Wiki sections by using the navigation menu, the search function for a particular topic. Many people are already improving the SEA Wiki all of which are recorded on the page history and the recent changes page. You can also start creating, editing, or sharing content right now on the SEA Wiki by clicking on the edit tab at the top of every page or at the bottom right corner of particular sections in pages. Editing pages is easy, however you can also learn more about how to edit wiki's online at MediaWiki and Wikipedia
Thanks to all those who have already started contributing and building new pages about SEA around the world!