Associate Ecologist with SLR,
Nicola Faulks, will be presenting a paper based around habitat mapping, methodology
and mitigation at IAIA17 in Montreal
from the 4-7th of April. The theme of the conference is ‘Impact Assessment’s Contribution to the
Global Efforts in Addressing Climate Change’, and Nicola will be joined by
a wealth of other speakers discussing topics from climate finance and risk
management, to climate change, extreme events and impact assessment.
The topic Nicola will be
addressing is, ‘Going Beyond National
Standards to Meet IFI Requirements’, with her paper considering the
sufficiency of reporting in species identification, and the ability of these reports
to fulfil International Financial Institution’s (IFI) requirements. In the
paper, Nicola discusses her experience of how to undertake habitat mapping in
countries with no defined protocol, and discusses how working with in-country
experts is key to implementing a mapping strategy so that broad scale habitat
types can be quantified. The ability to map habitat types allows for a more
quantified/evidence based ecological impact assessment being undertaken, in
line with IFI requirements, as well as informing the mitigation strategy.
IAIA17, hosted by the
International Association for Impact Assessment, is the only international,
interdisciplinary conference dedicated to the art and science of impact
assessment, and will be attended by over 1,000 delegates from 80+ nations. For
more information on the conference, including how to attend, please see the IAIA17 website.