Preliminary Program

What role does impact assessment play in helping to reduce the effects of climate change? Join us in Cape Town for Celsius 1.5: Impact Assessment and Climate Change, an international symposium taking place 26-28 September 2022.

Experts from six continents will present their work and ideas at this symposium. Presentations will cover a range of pertinent and thought-provoking topics relevant to the three symposium sub themes: climate change in impact assessment, best practices in resilient and low-carbon cities, and Africa’s transition to a low-carbon economy.

concurrent sessions

The following sessions are scheduled to take place in various parallel time slots throughout the event. Sessions will feature 50+ individual presenterspanel discussionsaudience Q&A, and more.

  • Climate risk management: Tools and methodologies
  • Mainstreaming climate change into impact assessment: Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4
  • Mainstreaming climate change into impact assessment: GHG emissions
  • Climate change and the agricultural sector
  • Low-carbon energy and transport
  • Resilient and low-carbon cities
  • Community resilience, stakeholder engagement, and human rights
  • Policy, legislation, and international standards
  • Panel Discussion: Integrating upstream planning and risk management for resilient infrastructure
  • Panel Discussion: The legal duty to assess impacts of climate change on health and well-being
  • Panel Discussion: The role of authorities and affiliations in support of climate change mitigation and adaptation measures



The Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis, will welcome participants during the opening plenary. Keynote addresses from Edith Birungi Kahubire (IAIA President-elect, African Development Bank Group, South Africa) and Peter Nelson (Planning Green Futures Ltd, United Kingdom and Sierra Leone) will also be featured.

Over 50 presenters and panelists will share their work and ideas during the 14 concurrent sessions on 27-28 September. Check out the full list of confirmed presentations at the bottom of this page (note this schedule and list are tentative; stay tuned for the final program to be posted in early September).


Pre-symposium ecvents

To enhance your symposium experience, add one of the following side events to your registration.

An optional gala dinner (27 September; US$30) will be held Tuesday evening and is a great chance to network with colleagues old and new. Tickets are available for purchase during registration, and guest tickets can be added by changing the number in the online shopping cart.




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The following presenters have confirmed their participation:

  • Using risk and vulnerability information in environmental assessments (Gerard van Weele)
  • Identifying landslide hazards for environmental impact assessment and environmental planning (Charles MacRobert)
  • Climate change scenario analysis: Mitigation and adaption opportunities (Alex Hetherington)
  • Incorporating extreme weather into assessing climate changes (Charles Kelly)
  • Climate services for environmental impact assessment (Neville Sweijd)
  • EIA as a tool for net-zero emission target (Luceth Khumbuzi)
  • Quantifying carbon as a tool to reduce further impacts on the environment (Nici Palmer)
  • Fostering a capable scientific base in achieving a low carbon economy (Desmond Musetsho)
  • Carbon Footprint - Dominant Alternative Route Selection Factor in a Landfill Project ESIA in Ghana (Yaw Amoyaw-Osei)
  • Paving the way to South Africa’s Just Transition to net zero emissions by 2050: a case study on NBI’s Just Transition and Climate Pathways Project (Alex McNamara)
  • Southern Africa’s energy transition: Renewables and green hydrogen (Jana de Jager)
  • Systems-thinking in impact assessment for sustainability transitions (Luanita Snyman-van der Walt)
  • The environmental challenges of transitioning to a low carbon economy (Stuart Heather-Clark)
  • Transition to carbon-neutral mobility: A case of boda boda in Nairobi (James Moronge)
  • The role of Public Private Partnerships in improving clean energy access in informal settlements in Africa (Lehtem Buma Carine)
  • The Journey to Net Zero Carbon (Francois Retief)
  • A strategic approach for more resilient cities (Bryony Walmsley)
  • The City of Cape Town’s approach to climate change response (Amy Davison)
  • Improving Urban Planning and Impact Assessment for Urban Resilience: Lessons from Baidoa and Hobyo, Somalia (Ishaku Maitumbi)
  • Carbon-Neutrality in Cape Town: Towards an Appropriate Local Context (Adrian Stone)
  • Developing land use plans to address climate change (Peter Nelson)
  • Opportunities and challenges to address climate change in impact assessment (Sheba Ndagire)
  • Risks and opportunities in adaptation and mitigation for Africa (Guy Midgley)
  • Blue carbon ecosystem (BCE) responses to climate change in impact assessments (Jackie Raw)
  • The SmartAgri Plan: Practical approaches for climate smart agriculture-related land use planning and impact assessment (Stephanie Midgley)
  • Climate change and its potential impact on the African agricultural sector (Peter Johnston)
  • Potential impacts of climate change on hydrological drought: Limpopo River (Nokwethaba Makhanya)
  • Kutalwa Kwemphilo addressing food security, climate change, and job creation (Almari de Lange)
  • Building climate change literacy (Peter Lukey)
  • Understanding oil community behaviors influencing the pathway to Net Zero (Teddy Kamau)
  • Using a human rights lens to inform more resilient social assessment (Danielle Sanderson)
  • Intersectionality of gender, climate change, and environmental impact assessment (Karen Shippey)
  • Just Energy Transition and the complexities of stakeholder engagement (Teboho Mosuoe-Tsietsi)
  • Strategic resource planning to mitigate disaster impacts and promote city resilience (Tasneem Steenkamp)
  • Considering the provision of heat mitigation services in urban SEAs (Marco Gutierrez)
  • Climate change in IA: Addressing sea level rise in San Francisco Bay (Aaron Goldschmidt)
  • Decarbonization through the project lifecycle (Philippa Burmeister)
  • Using 2050 Emissions Pathways to inform development planning decisions (Jody Brown and Lize Jennings-Boom)
  • Desperately seeking inter-generational equity – IA unusual must prevail (Nicholas King)
  • How to adapt E&S impact assessments to the global climate emergency? (Camille Anex)
  • Impact assessment of Just Transition and climate change technologies (Dudu Sibiya)
  • Climate change specialist study for the Afghanistan Gas Project (Gillian Petzer)
  • Climate change, Just Transition, and impact assessment (Adebayo Majekolagbe)
  • How do climate change assessment requirements, defined by international standards, apply to local large-scale projects regulated by NEMA? (Louise Corbett)
  • Using IA to inform policies for offsetting oil and gas emissions in Guyana (Paulette Bynoe)
  • The role of courts in ensuring consideration of climate change impacts (John Tiisetso Rantlo)
  • Current and next generation regulatory models for integrating climate change into impact assessment (Andrew Gilder and Olivia Rumble)
  • An ‘ecocentric law’ vision for impact assessments (Grant Wilson)
  • Climate change into EIA: Perspectives from hydroelectric projects in Nepal (Milan Dahal)
  • Mainstreaming climate change into EIA process in Nigeria (Adegboyega Lawal)
  • Consideration of climate change in EIAs: The opinions of environmental assessment practitioners in the Western Cape Province of South Africa (Luxolo Kula)
  • Varieties of regulatory and guideline expectations for climate change consideration across 16 EIA regimes (Nick Simpson)
  • Lessons learned: Five years of climate change impact assessments (Sarah Goodbrand)