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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.

Wiki at the IAIA
In March 2010, the International Association for Impact Assessment launched a new wiki that contains definitions, explanations, and information on topics related to impact assessment.

Everyone is welcome to view the IAIA Wiki pages. However, at this time, only IAIA members may contribute to the Wiki.

Resources Available
Key citations for Social Impact Assessment and Technology Assessment have been updated. The citations may be viewed or downloaded at

“What Is Impact Assessment” is a new four-page document that defines the role and value of impact assessment (IA), including all disciplines, and explains how IA relates to decision-making. The document was written for technical people unfamiliar with IA, for decision makers on the fringes of IA, and for people new to this field and is available at

Welcome to the EIA Wiki

This EIA Wiki provides an online platform for the international community to engage in knowledge building on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

We invite everyone to login and help build knowledge on EIA. Once you have a login you can start creating, editing, or sharing content on the EIA Wiki. For more information please visit to the Welcome page.

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What is EIA?

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a tool used for aid decision making regarding the significant environmental consequences of projects, developments and programmes.

EIA helps the stakeholders with the identification of the environmental, social and economic impacts of a proposed development before a decision is taking on whether or not to proceed.

This normally includes consideration of the need for the project as well as possible alternatives (i.e. siting, designs and layout), and the no-development option.

EIA e-Course Module

The EIA e-Course Module is an open educational resource developed by the United Nations University in collaboration with RMIT University and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Economic and Trade Branch for educational and capacity building programmes with an interest on environmental assessment. The e-Course Module is an instructional learning module providing further information on EIA practice and an in depth analysis of the EIA methodology.

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International Environmental Agreements

International Environmental Agreements have a significant impact on the institutionalization and implementation of EIA in Practice.

There are numerous international environmental agreements of relevance to the application of EIA. They are divided into two broad categories: green and brown lists. The green list refers to international agreements related to the conservation of the natural environment and includes the Convention on Biological Diversity. The brown list includes those agreements designed to control pollution, for example, the Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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