The GESA (Global Environmental and Social Assessment) group is a great way to engage with IEMA on environmental and social risk management related to international development projects. The Network is a member led, collaborative initiative, supported by the IEMA team.
Joining this group is a great way to keep up-to-date, meet new contacts and get more involved, as and when your workload allows. In GESA you can be listening, learning and leading depending on what suits you:
As an IEMA member, joining the GESA Group is quick, easy and free. Just let us know that you want to join and we’ll update your record. Email us here
GESA is led by a Steering Group of volunteers drawn from IEMA’s members and beyond. The Steering Group’s role is to plan, curate and facilitate the delivery of GESA’s annual programme of activities. The Steering Group is chaired by Debbie Cousins, Group Head at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development’s (EBRD) Environment and Sustainability Department Operations . The GESA Steering Group members are:
You can access GESA’s Terms of Reference HERE
Any questions for the GESA Steering Group please feel free to email us
The GESA Young Professional Working Group aims to provide a forum for people at the start of their careers to grow their skills and experience in internationally financed projects and programmes. The ultimate aim is to support those members interested in building careers that contribute to the sustainability of those international projects the communities they support. After some initial diagnostic sessions two key areas of activity for the working group have emerged:
A number of additional tasks (such as establishing a LinkedIn forum, opportunities for thought pieces, a literature bank and visual guidance tools) have been identified. Opportunities to get involved and contribute to activities are best sought through the group’s LinkedIn forum “IEMA’s GESA Young Professionals Working Group”.
Taking place on the 17th May 2018, this event aimed to provide a forum to explore emerging SIA themes, approaches, challenges and opportunities. This is in the context of the increased recognition of importance of social issues and risks in ESIA processes over the past ten years. To frame the discussion, the following three areas of enquiry was discussed by a panel of industry experts and the audience:
With representative social specialists from lenders (EBRD), consultants (Mott MacDonald, ERM) and developers (BP) speaking, this event was designed to offer a mixture of industry perspectives. Just as importantly, a key objective of the event was to provide a platform for additional and alternative perspectives and to facilitate and encourage audience participation.
How can we bring Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) into the digital age? Hosted by ERM on the 21st May, 2018, a range of stakeholders met to explore how we can take a more holistic approach to EIA, transform deliverables, and develop an efficient approach fit for the 21st Century. The event discussed how we can use data more consistently, how to manage environmental and social risks throughout development, and establishing (and using) digital platforms for this crucial tool.
The IEMA Global Environment and Social Assessment (GESA) Group were be joined by industry leaders for this event, including:
You can view the programme here