China's Belt and Road Initiative: Conservation opportunities for threatened marine species and habitats

  title={China's Belt and Road Initiative: Conservation opportunities for threatened marine species and habitats},
  author={Mischa P. Turschwell and Christopher J. Brown and Ryan M. Pearson and Rod M. Connolly},
  journal={Marine Policy},

Mapping the risks of China’s global coastal development to marine socio-ecological systems

Rapid coastal development continues to jeopardize the integrity of marine socio-ecological systems. China is now the largest bilateral creditor in the world, committing nearly half a trillion US

Risks to global biodiversity and Indigenous lands from China's overseas development finance.

It is found that 63% of China-financed projects overlap with critical habitats, protected areas or Indigenous lands, with up to 24% of the world's threatened birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians potentially impacted by the projects.

Corporate responsibility and biodiversity conservation: challenges and opportunities for companies participating in China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Summary China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), designed to build critical infrastructure and coordinate economic growth, is the most significant development initiative in modern history. The BRI has

Anthropogenic pressures and life history predict trajectories of seagrass meadow extent at a global scale

This work examines associations between change in seagrass meadow area and key pressures globally, helping predict the trajectory of meadows in unmonitored regions, and model trajectories of segrass change at the global scale and show they are related to multiple anthropogenic pressures but that trajectories vary widely with seagRass life-history strategies.

Changes in the Ecological Characteristics of Key Biodiversity Areas in the BRI Region

Abstract: Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) are ecological conservation priorities proposed by IUCN and widely recognized by most countries. Evaluating the changes in the ecological characteristics in

Saltmarsh grass supports fishery food webs in subtropical Australian estuaries

A conceptual framework for assessing social and environmental impacts of belt and road initiative and just energy transition

  • Taoan Ge
  • Economics
    Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems
  • 2022
To address the social and environmental impacts of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and just energy transition, this research provides a conceptual framework to assess social and environmental

Green Finance as an Institutional Mechanism to Direct the Belt and Road Initiative towards Sustainability: The Case of China

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (hereinafter BRI) has been challenged due to its failure to promote long-term environmental sustainability. Recent years, however, have witnessed a tendency in which



Understanding and minimizing environmental impacts of the Belt and Road Initiative

  • A. Hughes
  • Environmental Science
    Conservation biology : the journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
  • 2019
Using the highest resolution route maps of the BRI available, this work overlaid the proposed road and rail routes on KBAs, protected areas, and predicted biodiversity hotspots for over 4138 animal and 7371 plant species and found infrastructure, especially mining, was clustered near the proposed route.

Biodiversity conservation should be a core value of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

It is challenged decision-makers, infrastructure planners and conservationists to work together not only to mitigate BRI’s negative impacts, but also to think how to transform this juggernaut into an opportunity for biodiversity.

Environmental Impacts of Infrastructure Development under the Belt and Road Initiative

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is the largest infrastructure scheme in our lifetime, bringing unprecedented geopolitical and economic shifts far larger than previous rising powers. Concerns

The Role of Vegetated Coastal Wetlands for Marine Megafauna Conservation.

A call for seagrass protection

Given the global distribution of seagrass and its role in climate mitigation and food security, the protection of these ecosystems has implications for the planetary boundaries within which humanity can safely operate.

Predicting the cumulative effect of multiple disturbances on seagrass connectivity

This study uses network analysis and the outputs of a biophysical model to measure potential functional connectivity and predict the impact of multiple disturbances on seagrasses in the central Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (GBRWHA), Australia, and provides a new framework for assessing theimpact of global change on the connectivity and persistence of coastal and marine ecosystems.

Using transboundary environmental security to manage the Mekong River: China and South-East Asian Countries

Abstract Environmental security, broadly defined as integrated analysis of the social and ecological aspects of environmental problems, is gaining influence as nations begin to expand beyond