On November 14-15, 2017, The International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA), in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), is holding a two-day special symposium on Mainstreaming the Mitigation Hierarchy in Impact Assessment in Washington, D.C., followed by two days of specialized training courses. The symposium will provide a forum for sharing and advancing leading practice in mitigation hierarchy implementation for biodiversity and ecosystem services to improve outcomes for society, conservation, business, and finance. It aims to broaden the community of practice, building a shared interpretation of standards and approaches commensurate with risk and opportunity.
The symposium will open with remarks by Cristiane Ronza, Head of Policy, Knowledge and Country Systems for the Environmental and Social Safeguards Unit (ESG) of the IDB, followed by Frank Hawkins, Director of IUCN, and Jill Baker, Executive Director, IAIA. The two-day event will feature presenters and panelists from several organizations, including the World Bank, IFC, UNDP, EBRD, Cross-Sector Biodiversity Initiative and IUCN. Panelists also include representatives from global companies such as Rio Tinto and NewMont Mining Corporation. In addition to presentations, the symposium will feature debates based on experience of implementation on “thorny topics” with a view to resolving inconsistencies and informing risk-management processes.
Participants from over 40 countries are scheduled to attend the symposium. They include impact assessment professionals, policy makers, NGOs, government agencies, consultants, practitioners, and corporate leaders from industries such as oil, gas and mining.
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