Latest impact assessment journals tackle a wide range of topics

31st May 2024


IEMA’s Impact Assessment Outlook Journal continues to go from strength to strength with the publication of volumes 19 and 20.

Volume 19 was published in January on Ecology, Biodiversity Net Gain and Natural Capital in Impact Assessment. Guest editor James Sanders selected six articles produced by IEMA professionals and EIA experts.

The examples demonstrate a change in perspective from developers, acknowledging the wide-ranging benefits of appropriate habitat creation and enhancement – from carbon sequestration to health and wellbeing – hopefully driving a step change as we move forward.

The journal highlights the essential role of impact assessment in recognising and valuing the importance of existing habitats to enable their integration into the design process and through providing the appropriate framework for enhancement and biodiversity net gain.

Volume 20, published in April, is titled Impact Assessment Frontiers Part 1: Environment, Technology and Place, and is the first in a two-part mini-series on emergent practice in impact assessment.

It was led by guest editor Samantha Timbrell and provides a series of thought pieces covering a wide range of new and exciting developments and types of impact assessment, including technology and AI, seascape, land contamination, spaceflight, heritage asset decision-making, coastal energy, supply chain and bioregional.

The result is a valuable yet quick read across some of the different aspects of UK and international practice, exploring different types of impact assessment.

Part 2 of this Frontiers series will explore health, wellbeing and social impact assessment.

Impact Assessment Outlook Journal
Impact Assessment Frontiers Part 1: Environment and Place

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A social conscience

With a Taskforce on Inequality and Social-related Financial Disclosures in the pipeline, Beth Knight talks to Chris Seekings about increased recognition of social sustainability

6th June 2024

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Disinformation about the impossibility of averting the climate crisis is part of an alarming turn in denialist tactics, writes David Burrows

6th June 2024

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While biodiversity net gain is now making inroads, marine net gain is still in its infancy. Ed Walker explores the balance between enabling development and safeguarding our marine environment

6th June 2024

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David Symons, FIEMA, director of sustainability at WSP, and IEMA’s Lesley Wilson, tell Chris Seekings why a growing number of organisations are turning to nature-based solutions to meet their climate goals

6th June 2024

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Sarah Spencer on the clear case for stronger partnerships between farmers and renewable energy developers

6th June 2024

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Groundbreaking legislation on air and noise pollution and measures to tackle growing concerns over disposable vapes provide the focus for Neil Howe’s environmental legislation update

6th June 2024

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A system-level review is needed to deliver a large-scale programme of retrofit for existing buildings. Failure to do so will risk missing net-zero targets, argues Amanda Williams

31st May 2024

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