Pacific energy experts apply environmental management tools

04 December 2009 | News story

Pacific energy practitioners adopt tools for managing environmental consequences of energy projects and policies

As islands transform their energy systems towards lower carbon renewable mixes, energy practitoners and policy makers are sensitive to the need to manage the environmental and social implications of new projects and programmes. IUCN convened a trainning course on environemntal management tools for energy practitioners, energy planners and environmental policy makers in the Pacific Islands. The two day course introduced participants to environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) tools and approaches through an interactive hands-on process. For many participants this was their first exposure to environmental management tools and approaches and many reflected on how the process, case study, and discussions brought home the importance of addressing biodiversity issues and consulting stakeholders.