IAIA International Symposium
Impact Assessment for Belt and Road Initiative Projects
5-6 December 2019
China’s landmark Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is the world’s largest strategic infrastructure project, with an estimated valued of at least US$1 trillion. BRI comprises the creation of a new economic ‘belt’ flowing from East Asia across Europe and Africa, as well as the design and delivery of necessary infrastructure to support these economic flows. This includes overland transport and the establishment of revitalized or new ocean shipping lanes. While BRI is a Chinese government-led initiative, its success is dependent upon the cooperation of at least 70 other countries, many of which are classified as low income or developing.
Impact assessment will be crucial to the successful implementation of BRI’s myriad projects and fundamental to ensuring BRI is achieved in a sustainable way, attending to environmental, social, health, and economic impacts of the initiative.
This symposium will bring the world’s leading practitioners and experts on impact assessment (IA) to China to explore the opportunities and challenges of BRI from a variety of impact assessment perspectives. It will expose participants to IA best practice and will consider how IA might be integrated into BRI project-related requirements across a variety of jurisdictions with varying IA regulations. The information and lessons learned will be compiled into a ‘best practice’ report for circulation to relevant government, industry, and civil society organizations.