Organized in 1980, the IAIA has more than 1,600 members and represents more than 120 countries with the collective goal of protecting the earth and its environments and peoples. IAIA members include individuals and entities from many disciplines and professions including corporate planners and managers, public interest advocates, government planners and administrators, private consultants and policy analysts, university and college teachers and their students.
“The IAIA provides vital advocacy for a more sustainable world and will connect our team to a global network of impact assessment tools and resources. We look forward to contributing to this important community by adopting impact assessment best practices in all of SMEC’s infrastructure projects.”
Libby Paholski, Functional General Manager Social Development & Environment Group
As an IAIA Corporate Member, SMEC will have access to the latest impact assessment news and learning through IAIA’s online professional community, website, and peer-reviewed journal. IAIA’s growing network of international affiliates, branches and strategic partnerships will also give SMEC the opportunity to develop business relationships with potential clients and partners.
The Tbilisi Development Fund has engaged SMEC to develop the Dighomi floodplain rehabilitation strategy. The Dighomi Floodplain is an area of special conservation interest, which includes riparian forest, protected Otter habitat and other unique flora and fauna ecosystems that have been assessed as critical by the International Finance Corporate Performance Standard.
SMEC has been contracted by Electricidade De Timor-Leste (EDTL) for the role of Project Supervision Consultants for the Power Distribution Modernisation Project in Timor-Leste. Supported by a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the project aims to assist EDTL in modernising the country’s power distribution system and strengthening institutional capacity.
Geotechnics will play a key role in helping our society achieve a safe, prosperous and sustainable future. Recent droughts have resulted in a need for more dam design and construction. Recent rainfall has resulted in extensive slop failures impacting our roads, rail and urban infrastructure. Energy transformation is driving large scale solar, wind and pumped hydro construction. These projects will all require geotechnical input to future plan for our communities.
Richard Parsons, one of SMEC’s key leaders in Social Value and Engagement is presenting on their technical paper ‘Considering Social Impact Assessment from a public interest perspective - some critical questions’ at the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand 2023 Impact Assessment Symposium in Canberra.