The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process has been in place in many countries for over 40 years and has been successful in the prevention of many adverse environmental impacts from industrial development projects. However, studies have revealed that many EIAs have not given much, if any, consideration to the potential impacts of development projects on the health of the public.
Health Impact Assessment (HIA) as a concept has been discussed, promoted and practiced for over 20 years but is still not gaining the wide acceptance that many had expected. This seminar will look at the history of development of the HIA process as well as its emergence as a credible process that can be conducted in parallel with the EIA process.
In this seminar at the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH), Dr. Jeff Spickett, Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health in the School of Public Health at Curtin University (Australia), will discuss the benefits of the HIA process in the enhancement of well-being and the prevention of ill health, as well as the challenges to increasing the awareness of the value of HIA among a wider range of professionals, politicians and the general public.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information and to contact the event organizers please see the event page on the UNU-IIGH website.
UNU-IIGH Building, UKM Medical Centre
Jalan Yaacob Latiff, Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras
56000, Kuala Lumpur