Seminar on Cumulative Impact Assessment and Management

Date: February 29, 2016
         09.00-15.00

 

Venue: Sixth International Conference on Water Resources and Hydropower Development in Asia

           Conference and Exhibition
           Vientiane, Lao PDR

 

Major environmental and social management challenges faced today, such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, scarcity of water resources, displacement by communities and impacts on traditional local livelihoods, are often the result of cumulative impacts from a range of activities that together can have significant impacts.

 

Understanding cumulative environmental and social impacts from multiple projects, actions and activities located in the same watershed is important. In some cases, the most ecologically devastating environmental effects and subsequent social consequences may not result from the direct effects of a particular action, project or activity but from the combination of existing stresses and the individual minor effects of multiple actions over time.

 

In 2013, IFC developed a six-step process to conduct a rapid cumulative impact assessment (RCIA). IFC specialists are now working together with companies in emerging markets to help them identify how they contribute to cumulative impacts and offer guidance on project design and implementation of measures to manage associated risks better.

 

Leading-up to the 6th International Conference on Water Resources and Hydropower Development in Asia Conference and Exhibition, IFC environmental and social specialists and representatives from IFC’s clients are offering a one-day intensive seminar to help participants identify types of cumulative impacts from hydropower projects, assess their associated risks and discuss how to conduct an RCIA using IFC’s Good Practice Handbook, Cumulative Impact Assessment and Management: Guidance for the Private Sector in Emerging Markets. With guidance from industry experts, participants will ensure that overtime their business can continue to grow sustainably.

 

 

08.45-09.00

Registration

 

09.00-09.05

Agenda/Seminar Objectives 

Kate Lazarus,  Senior Operations Officer, IFC

09.05-09.15

Impact Assessment Toolbox: Situating CIA

Paul Buliyar, Policy Officer, IFC

09.15-10.00

What is Cumulative Impact Assessment and Management, and Why is it Needed?

Interactive Discussion

Kate Lazarus, Senior Operations Officer, IFC

 

10.00-10.15

Tea Break

10.15-12.00

What is the Process for Implementing CIA?

Steps in the Good Practice Handbook

Case examples from IFC clients:

  1. Upper Trishuli 1 Hydropower Project, Nepal
  2. Gulpur Hydropower Project, Pakistan

Vaqar Zakaria, Managing Director, Hagler Bailly, Pakistan

Ashok Baniya, Environmental Manager, Nepal Water and Energy Development Company

12.00-13.00

Lunch

 

13.00-14.45

Challenges to implementation of CIAs

Case example 

Roles of government & private sector

Vaqar Zakaria, Managing Director, Hagler Bailly, Pakistan

Ashok Baniya, Environmental Manager, Nepal Water and Energy Development Company

14.45-15.00

Wrap up & Resources available for participants

Kate Lazarus & Paul Buliyar