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Call for Papers: Addressing Resiliency in Environmental Impact Assessment

Wednesday, December 13, 2017  
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Resilience has emerged globally as an important consideration in the practice of environmental and social impact assessment (EIA and ESIA). Practitioners are striving to include evidence and analysis of the environment’s ability to withstand and recover from changes imposed by resource development and natural or human-caused disasters. Understanding the capability of ecosystems to rebound to a prior condition, or reset to a new steady state condition, is especially critical to understanding the full consequences of human activity. Resilience and recovery assessment tools are emerging; however, their relevance is dependent on understanding the interconnectedness of the environment, and the social and economic issues affecting the sustainability of ecosystems and communities.

Embedding resiliency concepts into EIA or ESIA has the potential to significantly influence project decision-making and provide better insight on the short- and long-term consequences. In practice, significant technical challenges remain. Among them are resolving conflicting definitions of “resilience;” defining relevant indicators (quantitative and qualitative) and measurements of resilience; integration with ancillary impact assessment methods such as ecosystem service assessment, habitat equivalency analysis and net environmental benefits analysis; and distinguishing differences in social values about resilience in urban, traditional and indigenous communities.

Call for Short Papers from Experts

The Editors of the peer-reviewed journal, Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (IEAM), invite academic, business and government experts to submit a short commentary by 1 March, sharing their experiences and different approaches for integrating resiliency and recovery concepts and in the EIA or ESIA process.

This collection of Short Commentaries is intended to inform our current understanding of resilience and recovery principles in the context of disaster prevention planning and preparedness; nature rehabilitation; and monitoring after natural and human-caused events. We encourage experts to (a) identify the assessment challenges, (b) describe actions and strategies that have failed and those that have shown success in EIA or ESIA work, and (c) propose methods, policy and research.

Submission Information

Short Commentaries are timely and focused peer-reviewed papers intended to quickly disseminate new information; discuss significant matters of policy and scientific perspective, including “personal” commentary; briefly summarize the state of science; and report on the challenges relevant to future scientific and environmental management and regulatory considerations. Experts are invited to propose a relevant topic for a short paper. Papers accepted for consideration are subject to rapid peer review and publication.

Manuscripts should not exceed 5 pages (single-sided, double-spaced) and contain no more than 2 tables and/or figures. Author instructions are available at Authors may include supplemental material without length restrictions. Please confirm the intent to participate with an email to