Belt and Road’s Financiers fall short of biodiversity best practice

New research has found that not enough is being done by financiers of China’s Belt and Road Initiative to put in place safeguards to protect critical wildlife habitats.

The research carried out by the University of Queensland and University of Nottingham Malaysia found that few financiers funding the Belt and Road Initiative(BRI), a massive international infrastructure programme, require biodiversity safeguards. The research has just been published in Nature Sustainability.

BRI is China’s ambitious regional connectivity initiative encompassing thousands of transport, energy and industrial infrastructure projects being built along eight trans-national corridors spanning 70 countries in the Asian, European and African continents and their adjacent seas.

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