IAIA18: Environmental Justice in Societies in Transition
Durban International Convention Center
Durban, South Africa
16-19 May 2018
Globally, societies are in 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. All these changes and challenges pose a threat to the sustainability of the physical and human environment, and growing inequality threatens both the social and natural environment.
Although the aim of development is to create a more sustainable environment, the reality is often that only few people benefit while others are left to bear the brunt of the impacts and greater inequality. Environmental management should serve to translate environmental costs into wellbeing benefits for all of humankind and not just the privileged few.
South Africa is a good example of a society in transition where reducing inequality is the greatest challenge the country faces. Durban experiences many such challenges. The city boasts both plush upmarket residential suburbs and impoverished informal settlements at the other end of the spec-trum. Durban also bears the legacy of apartheid planning with historical residential areas in the immediate proximity of large-scale industrial operations. In amongst this all is a rich natural environment in the form of the sea, estuaries, rivers, forests and wetlands that lie within the city limits.
This is an ideal setting to engage with the conference theme; your participation is invited.
For 37 years IAIA has been holding annual conference events and training courses all over the world to promote best practices in impact assessment. IAIA pre-conference training courses are presented primarily by IAIA members and are open to all participants.
Agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
Assessing and managing environmental risks in societies in transition
Biodiversity and ecology
Contribution of IA to human wellbeing
Corporate stewardship and risk management
Disasters and conflicts
Ecosystem services, health, livelihoods, and environmental justice
Energy and societies in transition
Environmental justice challenges of climate change
Health impact assessment
Human rights, equality, and environmental justice
Indigenous peoples and environmental justice
Indigenous Peoples and environmental justice
Mining, industrial development, and environmental justice
Power generation and transmission
Professional development and capacity building in IA
Public participation and environmental justice
Social impact assessment
It is with great pride that IAIAsa is the host for the 2018 IAIA conference in Durban. IAIAsa was established in 1992 and has grown over time to a membership of approximately 650 members. We hold a national conference every year as well as a number of regional branch events.
In addition to conference sessions, workshops, and training courses, you will be able to choose technical visits, sightseeing tours, networking opportunities, and more. Potential technical visits around the region include:
South Africa's largest city, Durban, ripples with vibrancy and is the country's most popular leisure destination. With mild winters, hot summers, and golden beaches stretching as far as the eye can see, the city is a melting pot overflowing with cultural diversity, sunshine, and scenic beauty. Situated in the province of KwaZulu-Natal and with a population of some 4 million people, Durban is less than an hour's flying time from the country's primary gateway airport, O.R. Tambo International Airport, in Johannesburg.