For the last decades, the ASEAN countries have experienced rapid economic development. Besides the obvious benefits, there are increasingly concerns regarding the negative effects of rapid economic growth on the environment, society, health and life quality of the local population. For many ASEAN countries, economic development is still based on the heavy industry such mining which could result in natural resources damages, pollution, water and food contamination… These threats may happen prior or during project implementation and even long after project termination. Therefore, good consultation of different social sectors and an effective monitoring and mitigation system is at utmost importance for preventing and/or reducing any potential negative impact of such projects.
To face this problem, Thailand has taken the initiative to apply a concept of Impact Assessment (IA) to Environment and Health Impact Assessment (EHIA) and Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) as stipulated in the Enhancement of Conservation of National Environmental Quality Act (1992) as well as Health Impact Assessment as stipulated in the National Health Act (2007). National Health Commission Office (NHCO), the secretariat body of the National Health Commission and the Health Impact Assessment Commission, in cooperation with Naresuan University have successfully organized the 1st ASEAN Conference on Impact Assessment under the theme “Impact Assessment and Mitigation: Towards ASEAN Engagement and Sustainable Development” from 23 - 25 November, 2015 at Phisanulok Province, Thailand.
Following the success of the 1st ASEAN Conference on Impact Assessment, Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy in cooperation with Thailand’s NHCO organize the 2nd ASEAN conference on Health Impact Assessment (HIA) with the theme “Health Impact Assessment for Public Health Policy” from 20-21 April, 2017 at Hue, Vietnam.