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The International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA), organized in 1980 to bring together researchers, practitioners, and users of various types of impact assessment from all parts of the world. IAIA involves people from many disciplines and professions.
Members include corporate planners and managers, public interest advocates, government planners and administrators, private consultants and policy analysts, university and college teachers and their students.
One of the unique features of IAIA is the mix of professions represented, which provides outstanding opportunities for interchange: to advance the state of the art and science of impact assessment in applications ranging from local to global to develop international and local capability to anticipate, plan and manage the consequences of development to enhance the quality of life for all.
IAIA members now number more than 2,500 and represent more than 100 countries. Organizations are active in Brazil, Cameroon, Central and Eastern Europe, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Ontario, Quebec, Senegal, South Africa, and the United States. International conferences are held annually.
Regional conferences are organized to make information exchange and networking opportunities available to those who might not be able to attend the international conferences, as well as to focus attention to specific issues.
Training programs are held regularly in conjunction with IAIA international conferences. These range from one day to one week in duration and deal with a variety of impact assessment issues.
The quarterly journal, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, contains a variety of peer-reviewed research articles, professional practice ideas, and book reviews of recently published titles. IAPA provides a one-source link to the latest ideas in the wide-ranging field of impact assessment.
The IAIA newsletter, published four times annually, provides members with current information concerning association activities and events as well as professional news in the field of impact assessment.
IAIA has entered into strategic partnerships with a number of national and international organizations. Among these are The Netherlands Association for Environmental Professionals (VVM), the World Bank, various United Nations organizations, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA). These partnerships have been mutually beneficial, enabling our organization to accomplish jointly a number of projects that IAIA likely would not have been able to undertake alone.
IAIA activities seek to:
South Africa is the sixth country in the world (after USA, Australia, Brazil, and Canada) to form a local IAIA affiliate. South Africans attending the annual congress of IAIA in Washington DC in August 1992 formed a steering committee to launch the IAIAsa later that year. The IAIA affiliate was formally recognised by the parent body at its mid-year meeting in Mexico in February 1993.
The primary objective of IAIAsa is to create a "home" for those people who wish to exchange information on, or learn more about, impact assessment. South Africa has received international acclaim for its Integrated Environmental Management procedure and for the high quality Environmental Impact Assessments undertaken in this country.