Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

The 3rd Yale Symposium on the Impact of Chinese Overseas Investment: Greening The Belt & Road

Date and Time
Friday, January 25, 2019 - 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Yale University Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511


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Elizabeth Losos, Senior Fellow at the Nicholas Institute, will speak at a panel as part of the 3rd Yale Symposium on the Impact of Chinese Overseas Investment on January 25. Panel details:

Panel 3: Greening Development? Chinese Capital and Ecosystem Impacts

While China has taken major steps on a domestic level to implement ecological redlines and launch a new national park system, how do BRI projects affect environments beyond China’s borders? This panel will examine how China’s overseas infrastructure investments have performed in terms of ecosystem conservation. Given that local livelihoods around the world depend on the sustainable conservation of natural environments, new frameworks or approaches can help address the potential risks that BRI projects pose to human and environmental well-being. Panelists will discuss a range of related issues, including transboundary water governance, ecosystem-centered design of transportation infrastructure, and the socioeconomic impacts of development in rural areas.


  • Brian Eyler, Director, Southeast Asia Program, Stimson Center
  • Elizabeth Losos, Senior Fellow, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University
  • Galen Murton, Assistant Professor of Geographic Science, James Madison University

This Symposium will explore the ways in which China’s impact on the world is evolving as Chinese companies and investors continue to shape global supply chains and local economies. We seek diverse perspectives from NGOs, businesses, and academia to provide nuanced analyses of various topics, including but not limited to: what the Belt and Road Initiative actually is; China’s changing environmental governance and policies; climate considerations in infrastructure development; the implications of the Belt and Road for biodiversity and ecosystems, among others.