Working Paper: Reducing the Environmental Risks of the BRI

The Belt & Road Initiative HKTDC Research This week the World Bank published the policy research working paper I had the privilege of contributing a bit to: “Reducing Environmental Risks from Belt and Road Initiative Investments in Transportation Infrastructure” by Elizabeth Losos, Alexander Pfaff, Lydia Olander, Sara Mason and myself. The working paper outlines a number of risks associated with the ambitious plan to connect Asia via new transport corridors, as well as outlining methods of mitigation.

Greening the Belt and Road

In the fall I had the opportunity to visit Duke Kunshan University in Kunshan, China for a conference on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)—a major foreign investment plan by the Chinese government intended to connect Asia and increase trade and economic growth in the region. The conference—officially titled the “Duke-DKU International Symposium on Environmentally and Socially Responsible Outbound Foreign Direct Investment”—brought together representatives from the Chinese national planning commission as well as academics from China, Southeast and Central Asia, Europe and the United States.