Guidance document: best practice in social impacts of projects

The International Association for Impact Assessment has released an international guidance document on assessing and managing the social impacts of projects. Its purpose is to advise project developers, regulatory agencies, development banks, planning agencies, civil society organisations and others on good practice in undertaking and appraisal of social impact assessment and social impact management processes, especially in relation to project development (e.g., dams, mines, oil and gas drilling, factories, ports, airports, pipelines, electricity transmission corridors, roads, railway lines and other infrastructure including large-scale agriculture, forestry and aquaculture projects).
The complete reference is: Vanclay, F., Esteves, A.M., Aucamp, I. & Franks, D. 2015 Social Impact Assessment: Guidance for assessing and managing the social impacts of projects. Fargo ND: International Association for Impact Assessment.


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Dresden Nexus Conference 2015: Summary Available

The Dresden Nexus Conference 2015 (DNC2015) “Global Change, SDGs and the Nexus Approach” took place  March 25-27, 2015 in Dresden, Germany.  Each day was devoted to a difference theme: climate change, urganization and population growth. The event was co-organised by United Nations University Institute on the Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resource, Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development and Technische Universität Dresden. The conference summary is available

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Seminar: Towards a nationally owned monitoring system for the SDGs

The development of an indicator framework for the post-2015 development agenda:
Towards a nationally owned monitoring system for the SDGs

This year’s seminar will focus on the monitoring requirements for the new goals and targets of the post-2105 development agenda – the SDGs – from a national perspective. The seminar will provide a forum for both data producers and users from different areas to exchange views on how to deal with the new monitoring needs in an effective way and on how the national monitoring of the SDGs should be conducted, including by ensuring full national ownership of the process.

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Pastoralism and the Green Economy – a natural nexus?

The publication titled ‘Pastoralism and the Green Economy – a natural nexus?’ discusses the findings of a joint study by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The study aims to uncover “the social, economic and environmental arguments for increased recognition of sustainable pastoralism as a viable land management option for the world’s rangelands.”

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Twenty-sixth edition of InFO News

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released the twenty-sixth edition of InFO News, which highlights expectations for international decisions supporting forests and forestry including through the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the negotiation of a new climate agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Find the InFO News here

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Conference session: Changing Forest Management Practices

The next session (Changing Forest Management Practices) of the International online conference ‘Economics of Climate Change Mitigation Options in the Forest Sector’ organized by the FAO Forestry Department is on Tuesday, 17 February (1-3 pm, Rome time).

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Kapil Narula wrote a commentary towards the run up to the National Maritime Foundation Annual Conference. The commentary is titled SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ARCTIC – IS IT POSSIBLE? You can find it here

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