Martin Ward has been engaged in many aspects of impact assessment since 1974 in New Zealand, Australia and the wider Pacific region (Fiji, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Brunei, Indonesia). He brings a wide perspective spanning central and local government, major corporate and consultancy.
Martin’s approach to this work is anchored on the purpose of impact assessment. Importantly it is not an end in itself. It is a means, a means by which a project (or policy) proponent, the administrating authority and the public can understand the potential consequences of the activity in advance and work together to maximise its benefits and minimise its adverse effects. Accordingly the impact reports and their assessment or audit should be subject to a rich and flexible process to enable changes in the proposal, conditions of approval and to management plans..