We coordinated and chaired the delivery of Scotland's 2018 Environmental Impact Assessment conference, in partnership with the Scottish Government and the EIA consultation bodies.
The theme of this year's conference was The 2017 EIA Regs - One Year On.
In 2018 we have trained over 45 planners & consultants from across Northern Ireland through the RTPI's Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Masterclass.
The January & June sessions acted to enhance core EIA knowledge and understanding of the regulatory changes brought in during May 2017. Delegates were unanimous in indicating the sessions were both enjoyable and helped build their confidence with the tool.
In May, Josh presented at his tenth International Association for Impact Assessment conference (IAIA '18) in Durban, South Africa.
He discussed the findings of our research into trends in national EIA professional recognition systems. We worked with Dr Ross Marshall (FIEMA) with funding from an IAIA Research Grant.
In March, we took part in EIA LAW 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. The conference focused on reviewing implementation of the 2014 amendments to the EIA Directive across over Europe.
Josh presented a paper providing his reflections on an IEMA initiative in the UK to develop and implement a Proportionate EIA Strategy.