ENE-03
The Environmental Impacts of Chinese Investments in the Oil and Gas Sector in Central Asia

Convenors:
Kate Watters (Crude Accountability)
Sebastien Peyrouse (GWU)
Chair:
Sebastien Peyrouse
Discussant:
Sebastien Peyrouse
Theme:
ENE
Location:
Room 505
Sessions:
Thursday 10 October, 13:00-14:45

Abstract:

This panel will discuss the impacts of Chinese investments in oil and gas in Central Asia, looking specifically at investments in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The presenters will provide varying perspectives, looking at the on-the-ground impacts gathered from field research and fact-finding missions, and also from desk research, including from sources in Mandarin and Russian. Environmental defenders from Central Asia will report on their research, including results of travel to oil and gas fields in the region. Dr. Weinthal will report on the work she and her team have done working with Chinese experts on investments in the sector, focusing on transparency and access to information. Wawa Wang will describe environmental and public information access standards of Chinese corporations and investors. Discussion will focus on what these written standards mean in actual practice and the prospects for prosperity, environmentally clean investments, and public participation look like for citizens of Central Asian countries.