Conservation Geopolitics: Envisioning the future of the ‘Belt & Road Initiative’ in the Mountains of Central Asia

Foggin, J Marc, Emslie-Smith, Matthew, Hughes, Alice , Lechner, Alex M, Sternberg, Troy and Dossani, Rafiq (2018) Conservation Geopolitics: Envisioning the future of the ‘Belt & Road Initiative’ in the Mountains of Central Asia. Project Report. Plateau Perspectives.

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Abstract

KEY MESSAGES
• China’s BRI is potentially the most significant infrastructure development programme this century, spanning over 70 countries with investments estimated at
over US$3 trillion. Since its commencement in 2013, US$200 billion has already been invested in over 200 BRI projects
• Development in BRI partner countries (including Central Asia) is contingent on local geographic constraints (e.g., resources, historic pathways, etc.) as well as subject to suitable policies
• To date, the BRI focuses mainly on economic development and building transport infrastructure. However, there is increasing recognition that social and
environmental elements of development need to be addressed
• Sustainable development goals could be promoted through BRI – most beneficially if the explicit mission of BRI were expanded and made to align with partner
countries’ SDG commitments
• Embracing opportunities to strengthen conservation and resilience in water­ rich mountain regions would benefit all of the BRI geopolitical partners

Subjects:F Physical Sciences > F810 Environmental Geography
Divisions:College of Science > School of Geography
ID Code:42654
Deposited On:16 Oct 2020 09:23

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