Belt and Road’s financiers fall short on biodiversity

12 May 2020
Tapanuli Orangutans (Pongo tapanuliensis) - adult flanged male on the left, and an adult female on the right – which will be potentially threatened by Belt and Road Initiative developments.

Few financiers of international infrastructure program, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), are requiring biodiversity safeguards, according to University of Queensland research.

The BRI is China’s ambitious regional connectivity initiative encompassing thousands of transport, energy and industrial infrastructure projects, built along eight trans-national corridors spanning 70 countries in Asia, Europe and Africa.

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