Talk – 'China's Innovative Solutions: Resettling People in the Path of Large Scale Water Infrastructure Projects'
Hydropower and other large infrastructure projects often require the expropriation of land and the involuntary displacement of peoples. China's rapid development has made the successful resettlement an integral part of the infrastructure planning, development and financing. Professor Shi Guoqing, director of China's National Centre on Resettlement at Hohai University, a University of Arizona partner, will give an overview of the common risks facing resettlement, including resettlement willingness, construction land procedures, land compensation standard, resettlement mode, environmental capacity of resettlement, production and living recovery, social management, media and public opinion, engineering construction, and geological hazard.
UA professor Ted Downing, president of the International Network on Displacement and Resettlement will introduce Professor Shi. He says, "be prepared to be surprised how China treats involuntarily resettled people who are in the path of hydro development. It is unlike anything we do in the United States. Lessons might be learned."
Presented by the UA Office of Global Initiatives, School of Geography & Development, Social Development Division of the Arizona Research Labs, and Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy