Trillions of dollars in new infrastructure investments – catalyzed by China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – is planned to address the developing world’s infrastructure gap. But if not carefully planned, large-scale infrastructure projects can also threaten sensitive ecosystems, vulnerable populations, and the global climate. What can we learn from past infrastructure investments so as not to repeat past mistakes? A panel discussion will explore what data on past investments can reveal and how they can help direct future investments in sustainable infrastructure. The two speakers will be followed by a group discussion of how to incorporate environmental and social considerations into infrastructure planning and potential research collaborations.
Lunch will be served.
Presented by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions & Riding the Belt & Road D-SIGN Network. The Riding the Belt and Road Network is sponsored by the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies under the Duke Support for Interdisciplinary Graduate Networks (D-SIGN) Grant, and housed within the Duke University Energy Initiative. If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.