May 2, 2019
At the closing plenary of the IAIA annual conference held in Brisbane, Australia on May 2 (IAIA19), JICA received the 2019 Institutional Award from IAIA. The Award recognizes governmental and non-governmental organizations (in principle, one institution each year) that have made significant contributions for environmental impact assessment and other activities related to environmental and social considerations (ESC). This was the second case that a Japanese organization received this award, since the Environment Agency (at that time) won the award in 1998.
JICA received the award for its collaborative reviewing system based on the ESC Guidelines together with the Advisory Committee (a committee that consists of third party experts) for ESC, which promotes neutrality, transparency, and public participation.
IAIA19, which was held from April 29 to May 2, 2019, had active discussions on environmental and social impact assessment with the participation of 885 researchers and practitioners from 77 countries. The next annual conference will be held in May 2020 in Seville, Spain.
Award Ceremony at IAIA 19
(from right hand side)
Dr. Yuki Shibata, Associate Professor, Toho University(the member of the Advisory Committee for Environmental and Social Considerations)
Dr. Takehiko Murayama, Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology(the former chairman and the current member of the Advisory Committee for Environmental and Social Considerations)
Dr. Sachihiko Harashina, President, Chiba University of Commerce(the former examiner for the Guidelines for Environmental and Social Considerations)
Dr. Noriaki Murase, Director, Environmental and Social Considerations Supervision Dept., JICA
Dr. Sara Bice, President, IAIA
Dr. Luis Sanchez, Representative of the IAIA Awards Committee