Climate Change and Impact Assessment Synthesis Report. Special Symposium Aalborg, Denmark 25 – 26 October 2010
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This synthesis report covers practical experiences and research presented and discussed at the Symposium on Climate Change and Impact Assessment, arranged by the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) and The Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment (DCEA) at Aalborg University.
The report presents the results on how the field of Impact Assessment can move forward and what constitutes an agenda for Impact Assessment within the framework of climate change. Climate change integration in Impact Assessment is a relatively new field of action, but the symposium concluded that it is needed!
One of the topics presented at the Symposium was “Embedding Climate Change in Professional Impact Assessment Practice” which reported on where the profession on impact Assessment (IA) will play a key role in both avoiding catastrophic climate change (by reducing GHG emissions) and defining actions required to adapt both society and the environment to the inevitable changes resulting from the global climate system.
IA professionals understand the concepts of climate change mitigation and adaptation, but understanding will not be sufficient to generate the scale of changes needed if our community is to play a significant role in helping tackle this crisis. A concerted effort of both top-down and bottom-up approaches will be needed to embed climate change considerations across all aspects of IA to influence policy, plan and project decision-making.
The recommendations of the report are as follows:
Field of practice is emerging
Climate change integration in IA is a relatively new field of action just emerging.
There are not really any standards explorative work is going on and within different sectors.
Adaptation is challenging
Another discussion point was adaptation, which challenges IA practice and decision-making.
Complexity and uncertainty is unavoidable and needs handling
Uncertainty is an unavoidable part of IA and needs to be communicated.
Critical guidance development
A range of guidance of climate change integration is available today but needs integration, especially for adaptation .
Communication and dialogue
Communication and dialogue, between science and policy makers, between the IA community and climate change professionals, and between authorities is a must.
Leadership and critical agency
IA as a field of practice has the opportunity to take leadership and be critical agents to benefit climate change integration in policy and decision-making
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