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Pakistan to host South Asian Environmental Assessment Conference

Pakistan to host South Asian Environmental Assessment Conference 2013Pakistan to host South Asian Environmental Assessment Conference 2013

The Government of Pakistan and IUCN are organizing an international conference on environmental impact assessment from December 4-5, 2013 at the Serena Hotel Islamabad. The theme of the South Asian Environmental Assessment Conference (SAEAC13) is ‘Environmental Assessment: Raising the Bar on Regional Cooperation’.

Delegates from South Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe and North America will include international impact assessment professionals, government representatives, civil society representatives, international organizations, the media, academia and the private sector.

The two-day Conference is being organized under the National Impact Assessment Programme (NIAP) – a joint programme of the Government of Pakistan and IUCN. NIAP was launched in 2009with 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 world-renowned experts on impact assessment. A poster competition will also be held on the sidelines.

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. IUCN works on biodiversity, climate change, energy, human livelihoods and greening the world economy by supporting scientific research, managing field projects all over the world, and bringing governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.

IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,200 government and NGO members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world. IUCN’s Asia Regional Office is in BangkokThailand. The Pakistan office, operational since 1985, represents the largest country programme with 28 member organizations, including the Government of Pakistan as the state member, six government agencies and 25 NGOs. IUCN has assisted the Pakistani government and the society to carry forward the agenda for conservation of natural resources and sustainable development.