Impact Assessment

Impact Assessment (IA) the process of identifying the future consequences of a current or proposed action. The “impact” is the difference between what would happen with the action and what would happen without it. 

  • IA has a dual nature, each with its own methodological approaches:
    As a technical tool for analysis of the consequences of a planned intervention (policy, plan, program, project), providing information to stake-holders and decisionmakers; or unplanned events, such as natural disasters, war and conflicts.
  • As a legal and institutional procedure linked to the decisionmaking process of a planned intervention.New Bitmap Image

The concept of “environment” in Impact Assessment evolved from an initial focus on the biophysical components to a wider definition, including the physical-chemical, biological, visual, cultural and socio-economic components of the total environment. Environmental Impact Assessment(EIA) thus broadly looks at health impact, biodiversity impact and social impact. It comes into play at increasing scales right from project-level through to regional, sector levels, with strategic impact assessment positioned right at the top. 

IA has a dual nature, each with its own methodological approaches:

  • As a technical tool for analysis of the consequences of a planned intervention (policy, plan, program, project), providing information to stake-holders and decisionmakers; or unplanned events, such as natural disasters, war and conflicts.
  • As a legal and institutional procedure linked to the decisionmaking process of a planned intervention

IA aims to:

  • Provide information for decision-making that analyzes the biophysical, social, economic and institutional consequences of proposed actions.
  • Promote transparency and participation of the public in decision-making.
  • Identify procedures and methods for the follow-up (monitoring and mitigation of adverse consequences) in policy, planning and project cycles.
  • Contribute to environmentally sound and sustainable development.

e-Courses

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Our curriculum of e-learning and blended learning courses on impact assessment incorporates a primer, fundamental courses and practitioner specializations. Go to e-Courses.

 

Resources

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Our rich resource repository provides annotated links to impact assessment legislation and sectoral guidelines. We also offer useful publications and software as download. Go to resources.

 

Face2face Training

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We bring to you lectures, workshops and seminars by industry-leading domain experts and consultants specializing in theory and practice of impact assessment. Go to f2f training.