What is IAIA WNC?

The International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) is the world's leading professional association in the field of impact assessment.

IAIA's Western and Northern Canada (WNC) Affiliate includes members from the federal and territorial government, consultancies, co-management boards, industry and NGOs. Its goal is to promote and develop best practice in environmental impact assessment.

IAIA is the only multi-disciplinary international organization for impact assessment professionals. Its Western and Northern Canada (WNC) Affiliate is a dynamic professional association providing a range of EIA-related activities including:

  • guest speakers
  • conferences
  • newsletters
  • networking opportunities, and
  • much more

All of this is done to support the continuing improvement of the professional practice of impact assessment. Membership in Western and Northern Canada is a diverse mix of professionals from government, consultants, NGOs, industry, and First Nations.

Subjects deal with predicting, evaluating, managing and monitoring the impacts of human activities on ecosystems and people, in order to improve decision making about economic developments.

Northern and Western Canada is home to much cutting edge practice in impact assessment, and IAIA WNC makes it easier than ever to learn from the experiences of others in the region.

IAIA is the International Association for Impact Assessment, 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.

Our 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
  • USA
International conferences are held annually.
  • Perth, Australia ( 2008)
  • Seoul, Korea (2007)
  • Stvanger, Norway (2006)
  • Boston, USA (2005)
  • Vancouver, Canada (2004)
  • Marakesh, Morocco (2003)
  • The Hague, Netherlands (2002)
  • Cartagena, Colombia (2001)
  • Hong Kong (2000)
  • Glasgow, Scotland (1999)
  • Christchurch, New Zealand (1998)
  • New Orleans, USA (1997)
  • Estoril, Portugal (1996)
  • Durban, South Africa (1995)
  • Quebec City, Canada (1994)
  • Shanghai, PRC (1993)
  • Washington, DC (1992)
  • Champaign, Illinois (1991), and
  • Lausanne, Switzerland (1990)

We now regularly anticipate 600 or more participants at these events.

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.

Our 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 4 times annually, provides members with current information concerning association activities and events.

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:

  1. develop approaches and practices for comprehensive and integrated impact assessment
  2. improve assessment procedures and methods for practical application
  3. promote training of impact assessment and public understanding of the field
  4. provide professional quality assurance by peer review and other means, and
  5. share information networks, timely publications, and professional meetings.



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