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IAIA Special Symposium Resettlement and Livelihoods


Manila Philippines

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Abstract Submissions (for both paper and poster) are invited through 21 November, 2016. For more information and to see updates about this symposium, please visit For 36 years IAIA has been holding annual conference and special events all over the world to promote best practices in impact assessment.

Every year millions of rural people are displaced in Asia. Resettlement needs to be planned as a development opportunity and the challenge is how to move from a situation where most people’s livelihoods are diminished to one where they are improved, especially in the context of the adoption of the Sustainable Development goals to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030.

Symposium participants will discuss key learnings on resettlement and livelihoods on urban and rural resettlement projects in Asia. The symposium aims to engage resettlement practitioners in Asia to explore an interest in creating a sustained virtual network that will exist beyond the symposium, thus allowing for a longer-term dialogue on resettlement and livelihoods issues, contributing to on-going capacity building in the region.

Some of the topics of the symposium are:

  • New developments in resettlement and livelihoods
  • How to engage with government in resettlement planning processes
  • Engaging communities and civil society in resettlement planning and implementation
  • Emerging standards, practices, and frameworks
  • Planning resettlement communities
  • New resettlement methodologies, including land pooling
  • Livelihood enhancement in urban and rural settings

More topics are proposed, along with training courses, and networking opportunities.

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