October 13-17, 2018
Duke Kunshan University will host three events focusing on the International Symposium on Environmentally and Socially Responsible Outbound Foreign Direct Investment.
The events will be co-hosted by the Environmental Research Center at DKU, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and the Center for International & Global Studies, both at Duke University and co-sponsored by the Duke Kunshan University Center for the Study of Contemporary China and the FRIEDRICH EBERT STIFTUNG (FES).
The objective of these events is to bring together leading scholars and practitioners to analyse the environmental, economic, geostrategic, social and legal dimensions of the large-scale of infrastructure investment across the globe.
The events build upon Duke University and Duke Kunshan University’s ongoing research activities on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) that has focused on the BRI’s impacts on biodiversity, energy, and development.
The Duke-DKU Symposium on Environmentally and Socially Responsible Outbound Foreign Direct Investment will have three sessions, two of which are invitation only workshops and one open to the public: A workshop on The Great Silk Road Economic Belt of Central Asia (October 13), a public event, the International Symposium on Environmentally and Socially Responsible Outbound Foreign Direct Investment (October 14), and a workshop on Developing Spatial Solutions to Environmental Impacts of Infrastructure Development (October 15-17). Below is a brief description of the three events.
October 13 - Great Silk Road Economic Belt of Central Asia Workshop
The workshop aims to look at investments in infrastructure and industry along the Great Silk Road Economic Belt to explore what institutions and safeguards are needed to foster regional cooperation, economic livelihoods, and sustainable development. Topics will include sessions on global value chains and trade, financing and standards, geopolitics and security, civil society engagement, and environmental and social impacts. The workshop is designed to serve as a platform for building research collaborations across research institutions interested in understanding the impact of China’s BRI initiative in Central Asia. This workshop is for invited participants only.
October 14 - International Symposium on Environmentally and Socially Responsible Outbound Foreign Direct Investment
The public symposium will draw on themes and experts from both workshops to introduce these topics to the policymakers, academics, and engaged public interested in investments in infrastructure. This public symposium will be organized around panel session to allow for as much interaction and discussion as possible. Keynote speakers will anchor the beginning and end of the symposium.
October 15-17 - Developing Spatial Solutions to Environmental Impacts of Infrastructure Development Workshop
The workshop’s primary goal is to develop a shared strategy on how to use geospatial data to proactively address the impact of infrastructure expansion on the environment. The workshop will assemble researchers and policy analysts who are mapping and tracking infrastructure expansion, environmental variables, and the legal and regulatory environment within Belt and Road countries. Workshop themes will include coordinating mapping and analytical approaches to assess impacts of linear infrastructure (roads, rails, transmission lines, pipelines) on the environment (forest cover, biodiversity, ecosystem services, and protected areas); identifying geospatial strategies for minimizing and mitigating environmental impacts of linear infrastructure; and assessing spatial gaps in legal coverage to safeguard against environmental impacts from linear infrastructure. Workshop participants will identify and discuss potential databases, data sources, and analytical approaches necessary for to address this topic. The workshop will include active working session with participants bringing samples of their work and relevant datasets to explore jointly. We will focus on several case studies to explore different approaches. Our expectation is that this workshop will lead to new research collaborations across institutions interested in such mapping efforts and their implementation. This workshop is for invited participants only.