IAIA18 - 38th Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment

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Globally, societies are in transition due to environmental challenges. such as climate change, shifts in political power as seen in Europe and the USA, and social changes such as mass migration. All these changes and challenges pose a threat to the sustainability of the physical and human environment, and growing inequality threatens both the social and natural environment.

Event Type:
Conference/Seminar
Date:
May 16-19, 2018
Venue:
Durban International Convention Center
Location:
Durban , South Africa

Although the aim of development is to create a more sustainable environment, the reality is often that only few people benefit while others are left to bear the brunt of the impacts and greater inequality. Environmental management should serve to translate environmental costs into wellbeing benefits for all of humankind and not just the privileged few.

South Africa is a good example of a society in transition where reducing inequality is the greatest challenge the country faces. Durban experiences many such challenges. The city boasts both plush upmarket residential suburbs and impoverished informal settlements at the other end of the spec-trum. Durban also bears the legacy of apartheid planning with historical residential areas in the immediate proximity of large-scale industrial operations. In amongst this all is a rich natural environment in the form of the sea, estuaries, rivers, forests and wetlands that lie within the city limits.

This is an ideal setting to engage with the conference theme; your participation is invited.

  • Agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • Assessing and managing environmental risks in societies in transition
  • Biodiversity and ecology
  • Climate change
  • Contribution of IA to human wellbeing
  • Corporate stewardship and risk management
  • Cultural heritage
  • Disasters and conflicts
  • Ecosystem services, health, livelihoods, and environmental justice
  • Energy and societies in transition
  • Environmental justice challenges of climate change
  • Health impact assessment
  • Human rights, equality, and environmental justice
  • Indigenous peoples and environmental justice
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Indigenous Peoples and environmental justice
  • Extractive resources
  • Mining, industrial development, and environmental justice
  • Renewable energy
  • Power generation and transmission
  • Professional development and capacity building in IA
  • Public participation
  • Public participation and environmental justice
  • Social impact assessment

  • In addition to conference sessions, workshops, and training courses, you will be able to choose technical visits, sightseeing tours, networking opportunities, and more. Potential technical visits around the region include:
  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site: coastal conservation, tourism and indigenous peoples working together
  • Mfolozi-Hluhluwe Big 5 Game Park: conservation, mining and local development
  • Maloti-Drakensberg World Heritage Site: mountains, water sources, climate change and rock art centre
  • Pondoland, Eastern Cape: centre of endemism, local communities in transition and development choices
  • Exciting rehabilitation and carbon off set projects in and around the city of Durban
  • Nelson Mandela capture site and exhibition centre

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