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Developing Spatial Solutions to Environmental Impacts of Infrastructure Development Workshop

Oct 15th 2018 09:00 to Oct 17th 2018 17:00

October 15-17, 2018

Duke Kunshan University, Kunshan, China


Day 1 - October 15, 2018

9:15-9:30 am Welcome and Introduction


9:30-10:45 am Session 1 Defining policy needs

  • Presentation by Li Xia, Chen Chao, Rowan Palmer
  • Discussion of needs and preferences to incorporate spatial information into policy making decisions


10:45-11:00 am Coffee break

11:00am -12:00pm Session 2: Workshop introduction and discussion (11-12)

  • Discussion of goals and objectives - why, how, and for whom?

    • Workshop Goal:

      To develop a shared strategy concerning how to use geospatial data to proactively address environmental outcomes from infrastructure expansion under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)

    • Workshop objectives:

      1. Spark collaborations between researchers and policy analysts who are mapping and tracking linear infrastructure expansion, environmental variables, and the legal and regulatory environment within Belt and Road countries
      2. Identify and evaluate spatial analyses that could inform and improve the environmental outcomes for the BRI (using the China-Indochina Peninsula Economic Corridor [Kunming-Singapore corridor] as a primary model for discussion)
      3. Understand what is already being done in this space, how it can be leveraged, and identify gaps in data and analyses needed for such analyses in BRI countries
      4. Utilize feedback from policymakers to prioritize geospatial data and analyses of highest utility for addressing environmental concerns and potential tools for policymakers to utilize this information
      5. Agree on next steps to coordinate the activities of this community to support a sustainable BRI
  • Review of workshop agenda

    • Working sessions and discussion of data sharing
    • Discussion of target audience for final products
    • Discussion of conservation and mapping threats and opportunities unique to BRI, given its transboundary economic and environmental scale
    • Discussion of potential workshop products, including potential analytic collaborations, tool development, publications, funding proposals

12:00-1:30 pm Lunch break

1:15-2:00pm Session 3: Presentation by DKU-Duke team of case study from China-Indochina Peninsula Economic Corridor which will serve as a template during workshop to explore larger BRI issues

  • Presentation by DKU-Duke team (Elizabeth Losos, Binbin Li, Lydia Olander) of case study from China-Indochina Peninsula Economic Corridor (CICPEC) which can serve as a model during workshop to explore larger BRI issues
  • Review on historical and geographical context of Kunming-Bangkok-Singapore road and rail corridors, spatial analysis for environmental impacts, risk mapping, and mitigation hierarchy
  • Brief overview of environmental and social variables, environmental policies, and road and rail infrastructure of potential interest in region


2:00-3:15pm Session 4: Presentations by workshop participants on their work related to mapping and tracking linear infrastructure expansion, environmental variables, legal and regulatory environment, and policy and data needs within Belt and Road countries

  • Pimm, Stuart – Duke University and Saving Species

    • Identifying key areas for protecting biodiversity in China and Southeast Asia.

  • Hughes, Alice – Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden

    • Challenges and opportunities for biodiversity and conservation on the Belt and Road

  • Zheng, Yaomin – Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences

    • Ecological conditions of national parks along the 'Belt and Road' region

  • Lechner, Alex – University of Nottingham (Malaysia campus)

    • Potential methods for modelling the spatial footprint of BRI impacts on biodiversity and Current progress at University of Nottingham Malaysia

  • Pilgrim, John – The Biodiversity Consultancy

    • Mitigating infrastructure - challenges and opportunities


2:45-3:00pm Coffee break

3:15-5:15pm Session 4 (continuation): presentations

  • Xu, Weihua – Research Center for Eco-Environment Sciences, CAS

    • Ecosystem services and their application in regional planning

  • Bhagabati, Nirmal – World Wildlife Fund-US

    • Assessing infrastructure impacts and dependencies on ecosystem services: spatial tools, data and case studies

  • Strittholt, James – Conservation Biology Institute

    • Integrating spatial data for collaborative conservation planning and risk avoidance

  • Chao Chen – Ecology and Economy Office of International Cooperation Center, NDRC

    • Ecological risks and Green Development Index of Belt and Road

  • Halpin, Pat – Duke University

    • Anticipating sustainable ocean and coastal management needs for the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road

  • Weng, Lingfei – Chongqing University

    • Can Africa really benefit from China’s BRI? Evidence from Ethiopia and Kenya

6:00 pm Group Dinner

Day 2 - October 16, 2018

9:00-10:30 am Session 4 (continuation): presentations

  • Jacobson, Andrew – Duke University (virtual participation)

    • Wild places, linear infrastructure planning, and wildlife corridors
  • Pfaff, Alex (with Seth Morgan) – Duke University (virtual participation of Alex)

    • Heterogenous responses of land use change to transportation infrastructure
  • McCalpin, Maesea – Reconnecting Asia, Center for the Study of International Studies

    • Mapping and analyzing new infrastructure developments across the Eurasian supercontinent
  • Park, Brad – William and Mary College and Aiddata

    • Are Chinese infrastructure projects paving the way to inclusive growth and sustainable development? New geospatial data, tools, and evidence
  • Tristan Reed – IFC and World Bank

    • The Belt Road Initiative and the value of urban land

10:30-10:45 am Coffee break

10:45am -12:30 pm Session 4 (continuation): presentations and discussion

  • Wingard, Jim – Legal Atlas

    • The Belt and Road Legal Initiative: Using legal intelligence to map, monitor, and assess infrastructure development
  • Kelly, Ashley Scott – University of Hong Kong and Design for Conservation

    • Engaging infrastructure development through critical design practice: Data-driven campaigns in Southeast Asia

12:30-1:45pm Lunch Break

1:45-5:00pm Session 5: Series of small break-out groups and large group discussions of types of spatial analyses and products that utilize spatial infrastructure, environment, and legal data.

  • Several working sessions will cover the following topics:

    • General analyses and tools that are needed
    • Discussion of data needs, gaps, data sharing and integration of data across different fields and sources
    • Potential application to CICPEC case study and broader application to all BRI Economic Corridors
  • Product: list of questions, spatial analyses, and data needs


Day 3 - October 17, 2018

9:00-10:30am Session 6: Working session on communication strategy: Who to target and how? Again, session will include several small break-out groups and large sessions. Topics will include:

  • Working session on CICPEC

    • Who are decision makers, what are their needs, how can information be best communicated?
    • What products are most effective to communicate spatial data would be most useful for decision-makers? What is the appropriate timing and scope of the products?
  • What are broader implications for BRI as a whole concerning tools and communication strategy?

  • For the most effective products, what is the best way to move forward with the input and collaboration from the participants?

  • Product: Proposed list of tools and visualization activities to present to policymakers in next session (for feedback and engagement)

10:30-10:45am Coffee break

10:45am -12:00pm Conclusion and next steps

  • Are there opportunities and interest among workshop participants or other individuals/organizations to pursue any of these topics?
  • Which agencies and organizations would be primary targets for work products?
  • What publications or work products can be immediately generated from this workshop, perhaps a Southeast Asian case study or policy recommendation?
  • What funding sources may be interested in supporting such work?
  • Are there opportunities for collaboration on tool development, including data contributions?

12:00-1:15pm Lunch Break

1:15-5:00pm Informal work session

We will hold an informal work session during this final afternoon for those participants that are interested and available to advance the next steps from the workshop. We may try to produce some early data or graphical results from our discussions, prepare an initial draft of a publication, or draft a proposal for further funding.