KARACHI: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in collaboration with government of Pakistan will organise an international conference on environmental impact assessment from December 4 to 5.
Organisers told APP here on Thursday that the event is being attended by delegates from South Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe and North America and will include international impact assessment professionals, government representatives, civil society representatives,
international organisations, the media, academia and the private sector.
Theme of the South Asian Environmental Assessment Conference (SAEAC13) is “Environmental Assessment: Raising the Bar on Regional Cooperation”.
The two-day Conference will be organised under the National Impact Assessment Programme (NIAP), a joint programme of the Government of Pakistan and IUCN.
NIAP was launched in 2009 with the aim of contributing to sustainable development in Pakistan by strengthening Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and introducing the concept of Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEAs) into Pakistan’s development planning process.
The programme is being funded by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) and technical assistance is being provided by the Netherlands Commission for Environmental Assessment (NCEA).
The Conference will include technical sessions and keynote speeches by experts, government dignitaries and programme officials, as well as five pre-conference training courses that will be conducted by renowned experts on impact assessment.
A poster competition will also be held on the sidelines.