Let’s talk: EIA scoping
IEMA members have asked for more impact assessment events and webinars, and collaboration with other membership institutions.
A joint IEMA/Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) event in Manchester on 25 July delivered just that.
The event was organised by David Hoare, associate director at WSP and a member of the IEMA IA Steering Group and the North West Region IEMA Group. Bev Watson, RTPI’s North West co-ordinator, was also instrumental.
The EIA Scoping process was the topic of the evening; participants were challenged to answer a series of questions, concluding with a call to arms: “How can consultants and determining authorities work together to improve the scoping process?” The results of the discussion will be written up into a paper and presented back to IEMA and RTPI members.
David is planning similar events on other issues where collaboration may be the key to unlocking difficult problems – keep an eye out for the next one.