Symposium Theme

26-28 SEPTEMBER 2022

The International Panel on Climate Change warns of the negative impacts of global temperature increasing 1.5° C above pre-industrial levels. Climate change poses dramatic and irreversible risks for human and natural systems, as well as on economic development. For many communities worldwide, its consequences are already a matter of life and death. We know the dire consequences, but what role does impact assessment play in helping to reduce the effects of climate change?

Tools such as environmental impact assessment (EIA), strategic environmental assessment (SEA), and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria can and should support planning and action regarding climate change adaptation and mitigation. This symposium will help identify best practices and innovations for integrating climate change into these decision-making frameworks. Environmental and social consultants, regulators, and representatives from financial institutions and civil society around the world will gather in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa, to discuss climate change in impact assessment, best practices in resilient and low-carbon cities, and Africa's transition to a low-carbon economy.

It is up to humanity to prevent the 1.5° C temperature rise. Join us in Cape Town to learn the latest information about the intersection between impact assessment and climate change.

Topics Include


Climate change in impact assessment
Best practices in resilient and low-carbon cities
Africa's transition to a low-carbon economy


The symposium will address the following questions:

Why is it important to integrate climate change into specialist impact assessments (IAs)?

What tools, guidelines, and successful legislative and regulatory models can empower practitioners and stakeholders to incorporate climate change into IA?

How can IA help achieve low carbon and resilient cities?

What technologies can facilitate a just transition to a low-carbon economy?

Celsius 1.5

Important Dates

  • 7 June 2022
    Abstract submission deadline
  • Coming soon - June 2022
    Online registration opens
  • 1 July 2022
    Abstract authors notified of acceptance status
  • 27 July 2022
    Presenting author registration deadline
  • 7 September 2022
    Registration closes
  • 8 September 2022
    Final program available
  • 26 September 2022
    Training Course and Technical Tour
  • 27-28 September 2022


IAIA extends sincere thanks to the following committee members and their organizations for their generous in-kind contributions to this symposium:

Abulele Adams, Symposium Chair

Mari de Villiers, Symposium Technical Program Director

Weston Fisher, Committee Member (Co-Chair, IAIA Climate Change Section)

Ahmed Sanda, Symposium Sub-theme Coordinator (AEIAN President)

Luke Moore, Symposium Sub-theme Coordinator

Barry Wiesner, Symposium Sub-theme Coordinator

Monique Sham, IAIAsa President

Sue George, IAIAsa Operations Manager



IAIAsa was established in 1992 and has grown over time to a membership of approximately 1000 members. The association holds a national conference every year as well as a number of regional branch events. IAIAsa's main objective is to be a professional association that leads integrated environmental management (IEM) in southern Africa. IAIAsa undertakes its activities in order to achieve sustainability through ethical practice that adheres to IEM principles and values and upholds and applies relevant environmental legislation. IAIAsa provides a platform for advancing innovation and communication of good practice in IEM; enhance professionalism in the practice; capacitate the youth and advocate for sustainable policies and practices.

About IAIA


The International Association for Impact Assessment was organized in 1980 to bring together researchers, practitioners, and users of various types of impact assessment from all parts of the world. IAIA involves people from many disciplines and professions. Our members include corporate planners and managers, public interest advocates, government planners and administrators, private consultants and policy analysts, university and college teachers and their students. IAIA has members from over 120 nations. For 40 years IAIA has been holding annual conferences and events all over the world to promote best practices in impact assessment.


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