The School of Doctorate and the Department of Design and Planning in Complex Environment at the IUAV University of Venice and the Venice International University (VIU) jointly organize a seminar series on "Water, Energy, Land and Food Security and the Challenge of large-scale Land Acquisitions."
The seminars will take place from October to January in Venice and received the endorsement of Enel Foundation, the Venice Expo Committee and the National Institute of Agricultural Economics.
The seminar series will focus on the large-scale land acquisitions, a debated new global phenomenon that drew the attention of international organizations, national governments, civil society and academia around the world. This topic represents the core of the research project "The role of Europe in land deals: understanding the food-energy-water security nexus", developed by Enel Foundation with IUAV, Politecnico di Milano and Tsinghua University (PRC) and analyzed in a forthcoming Enel Foundation Working Paper.
In recent years, different types of actors – private companies, public-private partnerships, local governments, investment funds – have invested in large tracts of land, mainly located in developing countries; these tracts are rented for long periods of time and used for various productive activities.
During the seminar series, Italian and international scholars and experts will discuss, in a multidisciplinary perspective, the implications for the involved countries in relation to the competition between uses of natural resources.
The seminars will be held in English at the IUAV lectures halls.
Program and further information available at http://www.iuav.it