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IAIA17: Impact Assessment’s Contribution to the Global Efforts in Addressing Climate Change

4 - 7 April 2017

ERM is proud to be a Final Program Sponsor at the upcoming IAIA17 Conference on Impact Assessment’s Contribution to the Global Efforts in Addressing Climate Change.

Climate change represents a key challenge to the sustainability of global ecosystems and human prosperity in the 21st century. Climate change goes beyond project impacts, as it affects many diverse global issues: from water, food, and energy security to impacts on human rights and vulnerable peoples. Global climate change raises important questions of international and intergenerational justice.

The conference will bring together delegates from all over the world to share information, best practices, success stories, innovations, and lessons learned.

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ERM at the Conference

ERM has been part of the impact assessment industry globally for more than 40 years. We have helped clients manage risks and opportunities posed by climate change to promote sustainable development, enhance their reputation, and achieve economic objectives in an environmentally responsible manner.

ERM experts will be presenting at the IAIA conference in four sessions and will chair one session:

Climate Change & IA - Good Practice and Assessment Challenges
Assessment of a changing climate is a powerful planning tool as part of an ESIA and has become a regular part of the process. This session will describe how guidance across the globe varies, identify how uncertainties are being addressed and provide good practice case studies. ERM Partner Braulio Pikman will be speak on this session.

Discussing IA Good Practices within the Project Finance Cycle
This session will examine impact assessment good practices (and challenges) within the project finance cycle. The panel will be comprised of an Equator Principles Financing Institution, an international EHSS consultancy, an Industry executive and a social management consultant experienced in working with project affected communities. ERM Principal Partner Dave Blaha will speak on this session.

Sustainable Infrastructure: Lessons from IAIA's Panama Specialty Conference
This will be a panel discussion, with each panelist speaking for 5 minutes on their key takeaways from the conference, and then a group discussion on next steps for achieving sustainable infrastructure followed by questions from the audience. ERM Principal Partner Dave Blaha will chair and speak on this session.

Expanding IA by Including Indigenous Concepts of Inter-relationships
Indigenous Knowledge sees reality in ways that link people to place. Are global efforts addressing climate change cognisant of the disproportionate impacts experienced by Indigenous Peoples due to their place-based identities? Can IA adapt to address these complex realities and produce enduring solutions to climate change? ERM Senior Consultant Dr. Justin Page will speak on this session.


ERM Speakers

Dave Blaha, a Partner with ERM based in Washington, DC., will chair and speak on a session entitled: Sustainable Infrastructure: Lessons from IAIA's Panama Specialty Conference. He will also speak on a session entitled: Discussing IA Good Practices within the Project Finance Cycle. Mr. Blaha has over 30 years’ experience and specializes in helping project sponsors and international finance institutions manage environmental and social risks, especially for large, complex, and often controversial greenfield projects. 

Braulio Pikman, a Partner with ERM based in Washington, DC., will speak on a session entitled Climate Change and IA:  Good Practice and Assessment Challenges (II).  Mr. Prikman has over 30 years’ experience with energy efficiency and climate change and is a Technical Expert for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Dr. Justin Page, Dr. Justin Page, a Senior Consultant with ERM based in Vancouver, BC., will speak on a session entitled Expanding IA by Including Indigenous Concepts of Inter-relationships.  Dr. Page has over 16 years’ experience and specializes in social impact assessment, Aboriginal rights and interests, land use assessment, and stakeholder engagement. 

Todd Hall, a Principal Partner with ERM based in Denver, CO., will attend the conference. Mr. Hall leads ERM's Impact Assessment technical community in North America and has over 22 years’ experience in environmental consulting, focusing on environmental, social and health impact assessment and planning, multi-media permitting, site planning & licensing, remediation and risk assessment.  

Location

Le Centre Sheraton Montréal Hôtel
Montréal, Canada

ERM at the Conference

ERM experts will be presenting at the IAIA conference in four sessions and will chair one session.

Dave BlahaDave Blaha, Partner, with ERM, will chair and speak on the Sustainable Infrastructure: Lessons from IAIA's Panama Specialty Conference and will also speak on the session Discussing IA Good Practices within the Project Finance Cycle.

Braulio PikmanBraulio Pikman, Partner with ERM, will speak on the session Climate Change and IA:  Good Practice and Assessment Challenges (II)

Dr. Justin PageDr. Justin Page, Senior Consultant with ERM, will speak on the session Expanding IA by Including Indigenous Concepts of Inter-relationships

Todd HallTodd Hall, Principal Partner with ERM, will attend the conference.