The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

IAIA17: 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.

Impact Assessment (IA) science and practice are strongly challenged by climate change. IA will contribute to ensuring that future development outcomes are not jeopardized by present-day decisions, and to identifying resilient adaptation measures to reduce and manage the adverse effects of climate change. The IAIA17 Conference will cover the cutting edge of IA information, best practices, success stories, innovations, and lessons learned with delegates from all over the world.

AGWA members will be attending the conference and leading a theme forum entitled "Standardizing Uncertainty: Systematic Approaches to Climate Resilience for Water Security."

When: 4-7 April 2017
Where: Le Centre Sheraton Montréal Hôtel; Montréal, Canada
How to Register: Registration for the conference is now closed.

Below is a list of conference topics:
  • Integration of climate change in EIA, SEA, environmental and social management plans, and regional and project planning
  • Revised IA baselines integrating climate change data, uncertainties, and impacts
  • Adaptation and resilience from developed and developing countries
  • Climate finance and risk management
  • Major infrastructures adaptation measures and risk assessment
  • Capacity building transfer and communication about climate change to decision makers and different stakeholders
  • Climate change impact on policies, legislation, regulations, and “climate justice”
  • Climate change compensation and reduction/carbon capture and storage, market, and pricing
  • IAIA’s role in “climate smart(er)” impact assessment and the future
  • Climate change, extreme events, and impact assessment