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An Essential Script for Environmental and Social Impact Assessments
01 June 2017
Latin America and Caribbean, South America

By David Baringo

IAIA Indigenous Peoples Section Builds Bridge, Creates a Declaration
18 May 2017
Waskaganish, North America

Niskamoon Corporation in collaboration with the Indigenous Peoples Section of the International Association for Impact Assessment,  invited Indigenous participants from around the world to participate in Aashukan, an exchange hosted by the Crees of Northern Quebec, Canada in their ancestral homelands of Eeyou Istchee in the Cree community of Waskaganish. Aashukan means “bridge” in eastern Cree. The goal of the event was to create a new conversation that reconciles development and the protection of Indigenous culture and lands. It built bridges between these two imperatives for the benefit of all.

Approaching Energy Access Differently: How West Africa is putting Women’s Interests on the Table
08 May 2017
West Africa, Africa


Release of the UNICEF Child Rights and Mining Toolkit
19 April 2017
Online, Other Countries

Mining operations often occur in the most disadvantaged areas in the world, encountering some of the most vulnerable children, with profound and diverse impacts. UNICEF research conducted in 2013-14 found that the mining sector can have both adverse and positive impacts on children.  The likelihood, scale and severity of most of these impacts is linked to the nature of the activity and its proximity to local communities.

Corporate Human Rights Benchmark 2017 released
10 April 2017
Other Countries

The 2017 Corporate Human Rights Benchmark assesses 98 of the largest publicly traded companies in the world on 100 human rights indicators. The results reveal a small group of leaders pulling ahead of the rest. Available for download at: https://www.corporatebenchmark.org/

RMI Draft Methodology Report
22 February 2017
Other Countries

The Responsible Mining Foundation is pleased to announce the release of the Draft Methodology of the Responsible Mining Index (RMI) for public comment.

Displacement, resettlement and livelihoods - Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal Special Issue
13 February 2017
Online, Other Countries

Publication of the special issue of Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal on Displacement, resettlement and livelihoods


IIED to host 2nd online artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) day
01 February 2017
Online, Other Countries

The International Institute for Environment and Development will host a "digital day" dedicated to artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) on 1 February, 2017, using online networks to connect mining stakeholders across the globe.

New South Wales (Australia) invites for public consultation
09 December 2016
Australia, Oceania

The Planning and Environment Department of New South Wales (Australia) is welcoming feedback on the Social impact assessment Draft Guidelines until 3 March 2017.

World Bank Board Approves New Environmental & Social Framework
04 August 2016
Various, Other Countries

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a new Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) that expands protections for people and the environment in Bank-financed investment projects.

IAIA HUMAN RIGHTS AND IMPACT ASSESSMENT Course
09 May 2016
Nagoya, Japan, Asia

Last chance for registration! The pre-registration and payment deadline for training courses is 14 March, 2016.


The Human Rights in Impact Assessment course, jointly developed and facilitated by CIG and the Danish Institute for Human Rights, is offered in The Human Rights in Impact Assessment course, jointly developed and facilitated by CIG and the Danish Institute for Human Rights, is offered in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan on May 9-10, 2016 in the framework of the IAIA16 Annual Conference: Resilience and Sustainability. Please visit the conference website to register: http://conferences.iaia.org/2016/training.php

New book on climate change adaptation
31 October 2015
Bangladesh, Asia

This book offers a solid framework for analyzing the process and components of adaptation of rural livelihoods to a changing hydro-climatic environment and presents empirical evidence of livelihood adaptation at the local level in Bangladesh.

Call for Papers: Environmental Impact Assessment Review
15 October 2015
Global,

The Special Issue of Environmental Impact Assessment Review will address the implications of proponent control of IA, and examine alternative or complimentary approaches that can help overcome any shortcomings associated with it. 

Call for Papers: Displacement, resettlement and livelihoods
30 July 2015
Global,

Papers which focus on any worthwhile topic relating to project-induced displacement, land acquisition, resettlement, or the restoration and enhancement of livelihoods in these processes are sought for a special issue of the journal, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal (IAPA). IAPA is the journal of the International Association for Impact Assessment ( www.iaia.org). The December 2016 issue of IAPA has been reserved for this special issue. Please note that IAPA will be included in Thomson Reuters SSCI/Web of Science from 2015.

Definitive SIA guidance document to be launched 20 April at IAIA15
07 April 2015
global,

Vanclay, F., Esteves, A.M., Aucamp, I. & Franks, D. 2015 Social Impact Assessment: Guidance for assessing and managing the social impacts of projects. Fargo ND: International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA).

At the IAIA'15 conference (specifically at Monday 20 April, 11.00 -12.30) there will be a theme forum at which the document will be officially launched.

Published by the International Association for Impact Assessment, this 100-odd page document will become the definitive statement on best practice in social impact assessment.


Available for download below, or in Resources section of this website www.socialimpactassessment.com and on www.iaia.org

Environmental and Social Conflict Resolution in the Resources Sector
06 April 2015
live webcast,

The extractive industry has the potential to significantly transform environments, communities and economies. At times, such transformation may manifest in conflicts or disputes between a resource developer and local communities, or even complete breakdown of the company's social licence to operate—with associated costs for the company, local communities, and the broader public.

IPIECA launches new manual: Community grievance mechanisms in the oil and gas
27 January 2015
global, Other Countries

IPIECA launches new manual on community grievance mechanisms in the oil and gas industry

IPIECA’s new manual provides practical step-by-step guidance on how to plan and implement operational-level community grievance mechanisms (CGMs), and how to design and manage corporate CGM frameworks.

IAIA15 Early Bird registration closes 16th Jan
06 January 2015
Florence, Italy, Europe


New postgraduate programme University of Queensland
27 December 2014
Brisbane, Australia, Oceania

To help meet the changing professional training and development needs of the extractive resources sector, The University of Queensland has launched a new postgraduate coursework program for 2015.
The Responsible Resource Development program is offered by UQ’s Sustainable Minerals Institute, the largest and most diverse education and research group in the world for sustainability in the extractive resources industry.


Deadline IAIA15 submissions 28 Nov 2014
17 November 2014
Florence, Italy, Europe

Deadline for paper & poster submissions IAIA15 is 28 November 2014

New WHO publication: Health in Impact Assessments
10 November 2014
Other Countries

New WHO publication: Health in Impact Assessments: Opportunities not to be missed.
Free download: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/environment-and-health/health-impact-assessment/publications/2014/health-in-impact-assessments-opportunities-not-to-be-missed
Also in Resources section of this SIA Hub website.

New publication: What is legal? Formalising artisanal and small scale mining in Colombia
27 October 2014
South America

‘What is legal?’ Formalising artisanal and small-scale mining in Colombia by Cristina Echavarría (2014)

The Alliance for Responsible Mining - ARM, in partnership with the International Institute for Environment and Development - IIED, present a new publication that explores challenges and opportunities for the Formalization of the Artisanal and Small Scale mining sector in Colombia, with a strong emphasis on gold. English publication launched at the 10th Annual General Meeting of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) taking place in Geneva, Switzerland.
Available in Spanish early 2015.

Please visit "news" section on www.communitymining.org http://bit.ly/1rtbEh7

And download the complete publication here: http://bit.ly/1sigLB0

Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessement
08 October 2014
-- Please Select --

Social metrics are the new vanguard of sustainability. In a world of fast-paced communications and increasing transparency, businesses need measurable social impact data to make better decisions around social sustainability, find improvement opportunities and differentiate their products in the market. The innovative Product Social Impact Assessment methodology enables concrete, objective information at a product level.

Report on gender dimensions in mining and local development
02 September 2014
Australia, Oceania

Keenan, J. C. and D. L. Kemp (2014). Mining and local-level development: Examining the gender dimensions of agreements between companies and communities.
The Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) at the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) has released the final report from a project entitled ‘Mining and local-development: Examining the gender dimensions of agreements between companies and communities’.

Costs of Company-Community Conflict in the Extractive Sector
27 August 2014
Other Countries

Costs of Company-Community Conflict in the Extractive Sector, by Rachel Davis & Daniel Franks (2014)

Social & Environmental Safeguards - World Bank begins discussions
05 August 2014
global, -- Please Select --

From August to December 2014, the World Bank is seeking feedback from stakeholders on the draft of the proposed Environmental and Social Framework to help inform the formulation of specific policy revisions, taking into account implications for implementation and operations. The draft framework will later be considered by the Board's Committee on Development Effectiveness.

Modular training course qualifying for international certification endorsed by MINES ParisTech
30 July 2014
Paris, France, Europe

3 possible training solutions meeting your needs, September 2014 to July 2015, in Paris

Registrations NOW OPEN - Community Research Methods for the Resources Sector
22 July 2014
Brisbane, Australia, Oceania

Registration now open! 8-11 September 2014, CSRM will be conducting a four day Masterclass on Community Research Methods for the Resources Sector. Designed as a core component of the UQ/MCA Diploma and Masters Program in Community Relations (Resources Sector)

CSRM hold first Masterclass FPIC
30 May 2014
Brisbane, Australia, Oceania

The Centre for Socially Responsible Mining will hold their first Masterclass in Free Prior Informed Consent from 19-22 July 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.

IAIA Special Symposium Resettlement & Livelihoods
20 May 2014
Kruger National Park, South Africa, Africa

 20-24 October 2014
Registration now open - deadline 15 June 2014

Long-term Monitoring Impact Assessment of Mining
19 May 2014
Panama, South America

Long-term Monitoring Impact Assessment of Mining in Panama, C. Quinn & J. Pouliot, 2014

IFC publishes Community Grievance Mechanisms toolbox
19 May 2014
Other Countries

This toolbox enables oil and gas companies to create, implement and raise awareness of community grievance mechanisms. Follow the link to the website to download the toolbox...

Social Risk Management and Development Training
13 May 2014
bangkok, Thailand, Asia

Channel Research is holding a two-day interactive training course on May, in Bangkok on Social Risk Management and Development. The course will focus on proactively managing social risks and the application of effective tools and methodologies for the extractive industries. Areas covered include: • Understanding the context (stakeholder and conflict mapping tools) • Stakeholder engagement • Community outreach project design • Management of grievances • Monitoring and evaluation

25 March - Ethical Corporation webinar on social risk management
19 March 2014
Global, online, -- Please Select --

Tuesday (25th March) at 13:00 GMT
Complimentary 45-minute webinar will give you an insight on how some of the industry leaders minimise social risks and build trust with their host communities, as well as providing you with the latest thinking on stakeholder engagement.


Training course on Implementing Management and Monitoring
13 March 2014
Johannesburg, South Africa, Africa

Implementing Management and Monitoring Interventions

Part of series of training courses offered by Syngergy Global.

IAIA Special Symposium Resettlement & Livelihoods
04 March 2014
Kruger National Park, South Africa, Africa

The symposium from 20-24 October 2014 will improve understanding of land access and resettlement issues, share lessons learned and discuss opportunities to improve performance.

new Ethical Corporation briefing on human rights
28 February 2014
Other Countries

Ethical Corporation has released an 8 page briefing on how extractive companies can reduce incidents of human rights infringements in their operations.

SIA symposium: Turning up the heat - 21 February 2014
21 February 2014
Sydney, Oceania

A symposium for SIA practitioners, researchers and others who need to consider social impact issues. it will focus on ways to turn up the heat on poor practice, recent success stories and ways to achieve good practice

SIA Symposium: Turning up the heat
21 February 2014
Macquarie University, Sydney, Oceania

Eight papers presented at this Symposium are now available online at mq.edu.au/socialimpact

Research Position - Certification of Mining
02 February 2014
University of Queensland, Oceania

University of Queensland is hiring a Research Officer/Postdoctoral Fellow on Certification in Mining. Deadline 14 February 2014.

Details on website:
http://careers.pageuppeople.com/mob/537/aw/en/job/495560/postdoctoral-research-fellow-certification-for-responsible-mining

Edumine training 18-20 Feb 2014 - Environmental & Social Conflict Resolution
14 January 2014
live webcast format - global, Other Countries

This three-part course (live webcast format) draws on multi-faceted research at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining CSRM to provide:

  • an understanding of the costs of conflict in the resource industry;
  • processes and mechanisms by which communities can make their concerns heard and which companies can draw on to work with communities to negotiate and resolve conflict; and
  • the causes and consequences of environmental conflicts in the research sector, and the process of using ecological factors to promote peace.

SIA training in Angola 28-30 January 2014
06 January 2014
Angola , Africa

Social Impact Assessment and Management training course 28-30 January 2014 in Angola. Hosted by SINFIC in partnership with Community Insights Group - training by Ana Maria Esteves and Frank Vanclay

New article on cumulative impacts in Australia and Canada
23 December 2013
Other Countries

"Legitimizing industry and multi-sectoral regulation of cumulative impacts: a comparison of mining and energy development in Athabasca, Canada and the Hunter Valley, Australia" in Resources Policy.

New guide on integrating human rights into impact assessments
03 December 2013
Other Countries

This practical guide aimed at the oil & gas industry describes how human rights can be integrated into environmental, social and health impact assessments (ESHIAs), which the oil and gas industry routinely uses to evaluate projects and activities. It provides an introduction to human rights and their relevance to the activities of the oil and gas industry, and briefly describes why it is important for the oil and gas industry to consider the impact that its projects and activities have on human rights.

It is the product of collaboration between impact assessment practitioners from IPIECA members and human rights practitioners from the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR).

2013 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights
21 November 2013
Geneva, Europe

2-4 December 2013 Geneva, Switzerland
The Forum was established by the Human Rights Council and is under the guidance of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights. The Forum provides a global platform for the promotion and implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. These Principles, unanimously endorsed in 2011 by the Council, are the first globally accepted standards on the responsibilities of States and businesses for preventing and addressing business-related human rights abuse.

SIA Symposium: call for abstracts
11 November 2013
Macquarie University, Sydney, Oceania

February 21, 2014
A number of recent events including new planning proposals, 'streamlining' & disputes about climate change threaten the practice of SIA. This symposium titled Turning Up the Heat will focus up ways to turn up the heat on poor SIA or HIA practice as well as on recent success stories.

The Practitioner's Platform website launched
05 November 2013
Global, online, Other Countries

This website is a first step at shaping the future of our young discipline by setting some criteria and standards; to do that we are seeking to initiate a broad-ranging conversation with our community of social performance practitioners.

Social Performance and Community Relations training courses
17 October 2013
worldwide,

Independent SP offers hands-on training programmes delivered by an experienced trainer:

Certificate Programme in Community Relations Practice
04 October 2013
Johannesburg, South Africa, Africa

This proactive course (4-8 November 2013) provides practical training on stakeholder engagement, conflict resolution, grievance management, and many more valuable skills that participants can begin applying to their daily work immediately after completing the course. The course attracts professionals within Africa from extractive industry operations, governments, NGOs, community based organisations and more, and addresses the key skills and knowledge needed by professionals to successfully manage their jobs in dealing with community relations.

New article on EIA
13 September 2013
Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Asia

New article on 'environmental impact assessment': Kabir, SMZ & Momtaz, S. 2013. 'Sectorial variation in the quality of environmental impact statements and factors influencing the quality', Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, DOI:10.1080/09640568.2013.824415 Published online: 26 Sep 2013

New report 'Beyond Voluntarism
05 September 2013

Beyond Voluntarism: The Changing Role of Corporate Social Responsibility Investments in the Extractive Resources Sector. New report published by the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) Australia.

New book on Evaluating ESIA in Developing Countries
30 July 2013
-- Please Select --

Evaluating Environmental and Social Impact Assessment in Developing Countries provides environmental scientists with tools to evaluate environmental and social impacts of development initiatives, especially in developing countries.

Momtaz & Kabir
Elsevier
ISBN: 9780124081291

New article on Social Impact Management Plans
10 July 2013
Queensland, Australia, Oceania

Professor Frank Vanclay and Daniel Franks have published the outcomes of their research on Social Impact Management Plans (SIMPs) as a journal article: Franks, DM and Vanclay, F. 2013. Social Impact Management Plans: Innovations in corporate and public policy. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 43: 40-48.

New website Human Rights and Greivance Mechanisms
21 June 2013
Amsterdam, Netherlands, Other Countries

The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) is pleased to announce the launch of the Human Rights and Grievance Mechanisms website an introductory film on non-judicial grievance mechanisms, and brochures about the grievance mechanisms of two development banks.

New National Wildlife Federation report on mining
08 June 2013
North America

A new National Wildlife Federation report, Honoring the River: How Hardrock Mining Impacts Tribal Communities tells the story of hardrock mining and tribes, from the checkered history of federal legislation allowing mining companies to lease minerals on tribal lands—often without tribal consent—to the many new mines being proposed near tribal communities.

Special issue on human rights and impact assessment of IAPA journal
24 May 2013
Other Countries

The special issue was guest edited by Dr Deanna Kemp (University of Queensland) and Prof Frank Vanclay (University of Groningen) and was an initiative of the corporate stewardship and risk management section of the International Association for Impact Assessment.

New book on Social Impact Assessessment
20 May 2013
Developing Countries, Asia

This book evaluates the effectiveness of environmental and social impact assessment systems in developing countries using a new comprehensive approach termed by the authors as integrated holistic framework.

New report on FPIC
02 May 2013
Middlesex, Europe

The launch of the report, Making Free Prior & Informed Consent a Reality: Indigenous Peoples and the Extractive Sector took place at Middlesex University in London on 2nd May 2013 (see http://int.piplinks.org/london-launch-research-paper-indigenous-peoples-and-mining).

Social Impacts Alert!
28 February 2013
http://newsocialimpact.com.au/, Oceania

This is a monthly scan of issues, public reports, trends and events for planners, policy makers interested in social impacts. Originally developed for social planners in Australia, it draws on a number of international, largely English speaking, sources.

The new social impact assessment handbook
31 July 2012
Book, Oceania

This is a handbook for social impact assessment practitioners, principally for people preparing SIAs but also for people commissioning or reviewing SIAs. It deals with foundation issues, methodological issues and pitfalls and ethical issues encountered in practice.

PhD Scholarship Opportunity
20 December 2011
Western Australia and South Australia, Oceania

The Centre for Regional Engagement at the University of SA, together with the CRC for Remote Economic Participation (CRCREP) is offering a PhD scholarship through the CRC REP research program entitled: Enduring Community Value from Mining.

Maintaining the benefits people get from nature
17 November 2011
Washington, DC, North America

The World Resources Institute just released Ecosystem Services Review for Impact Assessment: Introduction and Guide to Scoping. WRI invites social practitioners to use this method and provide feedback on how to better reflect the social aspects of ecosystem services throughout the impact assessment process.

IFC's Updated Sustainability Framework Fact Sheet
13 June 2011

The IFC's Sustainability Framework was updated in 2011 to reflect good practice, help protect people and the environment, promote transparency and accountability, and support clients in managing risks and doing business in a sustainable way. The updated framework will be disclosed August 1, 2011, with effective date January 1, 2012.

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