November 30, 2020

China’s International Building Projects Threaten Biodiversity

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Conservationists say that China's infrastructure investments through its Belt and Road Initiative fail to meet environmental standards and will come at a cost to global biodiversity, reports ShareAmerica, the U.S. Department of State’s platform for communicating American foreign policy worldwide.

Poor planning, which plagues some Belt and Road projects, can be devastating to biodiversity, said Elizabeth Losos, a senior fellow at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. In many cases, it’s not too late to make changes, particularly with the COVID-19 pandemic giving countries time to reflect.

“The Belt and Road has slowed down a lot. How it ramps up will have an enormous impact on biodiversity,” Losos told ShareAmerica.