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29-30 August 2011
Beijing Climate Change Symposium, China
The Climate Change and Impact Assessment IAIA Special Symposium was held on 29-30 August 2011 in Beijing, China. For more information, visit the symposium website. This was the third of a series of impact assessment and climate change symposia held by IAIA. The conclusions and recommendations from the first two symposia (Aalborg, Denmark, October 2010, and Washington, DC, November 2010) were brought forward to this symposium in Beijing.


13-15 December 2011
Climate Change and Social Issues
An International Conference on Climate Change & Social Issues was held on 13-15 December 2011 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The conference was organized by Toulouse Business School France and Institute of Human Development and Training Sri Lanka, and hosted by Munasinghe Institute for Development. For more information, please visit the event website or contact the Secretariat at ihdt@sltnet.lk.


28 May-4 June 2011
IAIA 11, 31st Annual IAIA Conference, Puebla, Mexico
The IAIA annual conference dealt with Impact Assessment and Responsible Development for Infrastructure, Business and Industry. For more details visit the IAIA conference website.


6-11 April 2010
30th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Impact Assessment
The IAIA10 conference entitled The Role of Impact Assessment in Transition to the Green Economy was held at the International Conference Centre Geneva Switzerland in April 2010. In order to prepare our global societies to face a transition toward green economies, it is important to conduct assessments that will demonstrate the types of green investments that best fit local, national, and regional environments. Impact assessments have the power to influence and shape green policy development, which will in turn play a major role in addressing the global crises.

Global economic growth over the past 50 years has been accompanied by accelerated environmental decline. From 1981 to 2005, global GDP has more than doubled. In contrast, 60% of the world’s ecosystems are now considered degraded or are being exploited in an unsustainable manner.

Meanwhile, the global economy is in a multi-dimensional crisis. The financial crisis has been driving much of the developed world into recession, affecting businesses and jobs around the world. The fuel crisis, reflected in wildly fluctuating prices, is threatening the reliability and security of energy supply, and climate change is aggravating these challenges and the achievement of Millennium Development Goals.


29 April 2009
World Bank has revamped the SEA toolkit
The new version is designed to better serve the needs of the global SEA community. You can access it via the World Bank SEA site.

The updated toolkit includes recent developments in SEA to assist users to keep abreast of the state of the art on the subject. Its focus on policy-based SEA is likely to be the most important contribution of this website to the global SEA community. However, other SEA approaches are also included. The World Bank's acknowledges that SEA is not a fixed and unique approach but a family of approaches which use a variety of tools that should be tailored to the specific situation of the strategic decision being assessed.


1-2 April 2009
SIA Workshop in Australia
The Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining in partnership with ACMER hosted a 2-day workshop on “Innovations in Social Impact Assessment and Monitoring for the Resources Sector” in Brisbane, Australia, 1-2 April 2009. Sessions were tailored for a practitioner audience, and will highlight innovations in policy and industry frameworks, theory and practice. More information on the workshop (including a list of speakers and registration details) can be found here.


24-26 March 2009
Biodiversity Workshop in China
“Impact Assessment, Biodiversity and the Extractive Industries” was held on 24-26 March 2009 at the Kempinski Hotel in Beijing, China (see link).

IAIA collaborated with the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) on this event. Other organizers includedthe Chinese National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) and the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM).


4-10 May 2008
IAIA 08 The Art and Science of Impact Assessment, Perth, Western Australia
The 2008 Annual Conference of the IAIA explored the role of impact assessment in promoting societal change towards sustainability, and particularly how the social and biological sciences can be meaningfully allied with the art of policy-making to contribute to the change process.


New Report from the OECD
OECD published a report entitled Applying Strategic Environmental Assessment - Good Practice Guidance for Development Cooperation. The report is available from OECD DAC


3 - 9 June 2007 - IAIA07 Seoul
The 27th Annual Conference of International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA)focused “Growth, Conservation and Responsibility.” IAIA07 was hosted by Seoul, South Korea. Learn more


7 February 2007 - Official Launch of the SEA-Wiki
We hope that you will take the time to join and contribute to this Wiki on SEA.

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