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South Africa celebrates 20 Years of Environmental Impact Assessment alongside the 38th International Association of Impact Assessment Conference in Durban

14 May 2018

 

South Africa, through the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) will celebrate the 20 Years of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) alongside the 38th session of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) on Wednesday, 16 May 2018 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, in Durban.

In lay terms, an EIA refers to the evaluation of the environmental impacts that are likely to arise from a project with the potential to affect a natural and/or man-made environment. The process of EIA evaluation is administered by the DEA and Competent Authorities identified in legislation. The Department is primarily tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that development is sustainable and that our natural environment is protected and preserved. The purpose of the EIA process therefore is not to stand in the way of development but it is designed to ensure that development takes place in the most sustainable manner.

The opening of the 38th session of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) conference will subsequently commence immediately after the celebration of the 20 years of EIAs in South Africa. IAIA is a leading global network on best practice in the use of impact assessment for informed decision-making and a forum for sharing policies, programs, plans and projects. It was established in 1980 to bring together researchers, environmental practitioners, and users of various types of impact assessment from all parts of the world.

South Africa has been an affiliate of the International Association for Impact Assessment since 1983 when International Association for Impact Assessment South Africa (IAIASA) was formally established and is one of the 17 affiliates across the world. Affiliates operate separately and independently of IAIA and are responsible for their operating structures and activities. However they share the same interest in improving the impact assessment capacity within their own countries.

The conference will bring together local and international experts from public and private institutions as well as non-governmental organisations under the pertinent theme: “Environmental Justice in Societies in Transition.” The theme showcases societal transition due to environmental challenges such as climate change, shifts in political power as seen in Europe and the USA, and social changes such as mass migration around the world.

Members of the media are invited to attend and cover the celebration of 20 years of EIAs and the official opening ceremony of the 38th IAIA conference as follows:

Celebration of EIAs in South Africa

Date: 16 May 2018

Venue: Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, Durban.

  Time: 09:00

Official Opening Ceremony of the 38th IAIA conference

Date: 16 May 2018

Venue: Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, Durban.

Time: 13:00

To RSVP, contact:

Ernest Mulibana
Cell: 082 263 7273 /
E-mail: EMulibana@environment.gov.za

For media queries, contact:

Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871