Building sustainability into the Belt and Road Initiative’s Traditional Chinese Medicine trade

  title={Building sustainability into the Belt and Road Initiative’s Traditional Chinese Medicine trade},
  author={Amy Hinsley and Eleanor Jane Milner‐Gulland and Rosie Cooney and Anastasiya Timoshyna and Xiangdong Ruan and Tien Ming Lee},
  journal={Nature Sustainability},
A little-known aim of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is ‘people-to-people cultural exchange’, including active promotion of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in BRI countries. On a global scale, this is likely to increase both TCM demand and the sourcing of wildlife-based TCM ingredients from new areas. Any rapid increase in wildlife demand risks exacerbating illegal and unsustainable trade but, with careful management, BRI–TCM could also present opportunities for well-governed supply… 
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