Program Updates

Instructor change: Easther Chigumira will be the lead instructor for Training Course #9 “Environmental Management Plans & Systems.” Dr. Munyaradzi Michael Chiura will be the new and only other co-instructor for that course. (Note that as Dr. Chiura is a last minute substitute instructor, his bio wasn’t reviewed by IAIA’s Training and Professional Development Committee so it's been included here:

Munyaradzi Chiura is Director of Global Business Operations at Syniverse Technologies. Munyaradzi has over 10 years of experience in continuous improvement methodologies such as Six Sigma and Lean principles for environment planning (in particular EMS and ISO standards-based management systems). He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and brings practical experience having created, developed and improved various business processes and management systems in various global corporate organizations including Comdata Corporation, Ceridian Corporations and Syniverse Technologies

Munyaradzi also holds a B.A.from Lehigh University, an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a PhD from Warren National University.

Munyaradzi currently serves on The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute Hospital Board of Directors. The Moffitt Cancer Center Ranks 16th on U.S. News & World Report’s List of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer. He is also actively involved in Rotary International, the Emerge Tampa leadership program of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce designed for emerging leaders between the ages 21 to 35, and the Tampa Bay Area Committee on Foreign Relations, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public dialogue on foreign relations.

Please take note of the revised deadlines below, in relation to papers submitted for posters and papers allocated in the concurrent sessions and concurrent thematic sessions. This has been done in recognition of the delays in completing the abstract review process. Initially, proceeding were intended to be posted online by March 15, but due to this extension, proceedings will be posted after the conference. If you have already submitted your paper, thank you very much as this will help us keep to the revised schedule.

  • Tuesday, February 16 - deadline for written papers
  • Monday, March 8 - reviews due
  • Wednesday, March 31 - deadline for revised papers

If you have been asked to revise your abstract, please do it immediately. Otherwise, if your presentation has been accepted, and you have not submitted your paper yet, we invite you to submit it according to the following:

  • Papers allocated in concurrent thematic sessions - guidelines provided by your session coordinator.
  • Papers allocated in concurrent sessions and poster presenters - guidelines provided by Loreley Fortuny regarding the peer review process (

The designation of concurrent thematic session or concurrent session was included in your acceptance notice.

Authors participating with posters and presentations allocated in concurrent sessions will also be requested to undertake at least one review of other papers. Failure to complete reviews will result in suspension of the reviewer's own paper from the process. If you are unwilling to review other papers, then please do not submit your own paper for peer review.

As a result of papers received and allocated to sessions and further development of conference activities, the following changes or additions have been made since the publication of the preliminary program.

Sector and Session Chair Updates

Andrea Ricci will be co-chairing the Transportation Sector with Olivia Bina.

Andrea Ricci, Xu He, and kim Che-Lam will be co-chairing the session on low carbon economies and strategic environmental assessments in Asia.

Integrated Assessment of Trade Related Policies new section chair is Simone Heri (

Updated session names (22 December 2009

"Scale issue in public participatory processes" has been renamed to "Public Participation in Assessing Infrastructure Projects"

"Managing Multi-Stakeholder Participation" has been added as a new session.

Updated session name (9 December 2009)

The "Valuing ecosystem services and climate change" session has been renamed to "Climate change in environmental assessment."

Updated session name and description (9 December 2009)

Global trade in living resources: What legacy? Is international trade in living resources the "silver bullet" to improve the fortunes of developing countries? This session will look at the impacts and challenges of current and emerging trade policies, and explore how—and if—trade is delivering sustainable solutions.
Has been updated to Biodiversity in impact assessment and decision making. The way biodiversity is considered in impact assessment, and at what stage of the process, can have a major influence both on decision making and the outcome for biodiversity conservation. The adequacy of considering biodiversity in impact assessment depends in part on the level of biodiversity information and strategic conservation tools. This session explores some of these aspects.

Revised text for special meeting (9 December 2009)
SEA for Development Cooperation: Taking Stock and Looking Forward

Date: April 7, 2010

This workshop is free of charge.

Convenors: Fernando Loayza (World Bank), Peter Croal (CIDA, OECD DAC)

The workshop will review progress made in the application of SEA for development cooperation focusing on the recent experience of the OECD DAC SEA Task Team and the World Bank's Pilot Program on institution-centered SEA. Workshop participants will provide input into how SEA can be used more effectively for development cooperation, development policy and poverty reduction. Participants will also explore and discuss the relevance of SEA in the new Environment Strategy of the World Bank. Ultimately, the objective of the workshop is to receive advice on the work that needs to be done in the next years to ensure SEA is increasingly more influential in development policy and poverty reduction activities.

The OECD SEA Task Team has produced practical tools to apply SEA in development cooperation. These include the SEA Guidance handbook, four Advisory Notes and a very successful SEA Training course. The workshop will also discuss the development of an SEA Quality Improvement Checklist and SEA in development cooperation, a review of recent experience. Also, in line with the OECD DAC SEA Guidance, the World Bank has undertaken a pilot program focusing on policies and high-level plans. Seven pilots were carried out in different regions, countries and sectors. Currently, this program is being evaluated and preliminary findings will be presented and discussed in the workshop. The motivation of the workshop is to take stock of the progress made but move beyond the context and process of SEA towards enhancing SEA influence and added value.

The workshop will comprise four 90 minutes-sessions, tentatively as follows:

  1. OECD SEA Task Team Progress and news on the implementation of SEA for Development Cooperation;
    • Introduction and SEA Task Team overview - Peter Croal
    • SEA Quality tool - Barry Dalal-Clayton/Barry Sadler
    • SEA in Practice in Development Co-Operation - Peter Nelson/Barry Sadler
    • SEA Activities in China - Kin Che Lam
  2. Institution-Centered SEA for development policy and the new Environment Strategy of the World Bank;
    • The Evaluation of the World Bank Pilot Program on Institution-Centered SEA - SEA Evaluation Team
    • Environmental Mainstreaming and Sustainability - Yewande Awe, World Bank
    • Environmental Governance and Institutions - Urvashi Narain, World Bank
  3. Work-out groups on the following topics
    1. How to make SEA more effective for development cooperation and poverty reduction
    2. How to make SEA more effective in development policy and sector structural reform
    • Consultation on the New World Bank Environment Strategy:
    1. Environmental Mainstreaming and Sustainability; and,
    2. Environmental Governance and Institutions
  4. Plenary and conclusion.