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Environmental challenges for the Belt and Road Initiative

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The Belt and Road Initiative will greatly influence the future of global trade. However, it may also promote permanent environmental degradation. We call for rigorous strategic environmental and social assessments, raising the bar for environmental protection worldwide.

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  1. Cátedra Infraestruturas de Portugal em Biodiversidade, CIBIO/InBio, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, Universidade do Porto, Vairão, Portugal

    • Fernando Ascensão
    •  & Henrique M. Pereira
  2. CEABN/InBio, Centro de Ecologia Aplicada “Professor Baeta Neves”, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal

    • Fernando Ascensão
    •  & Henrique M. Pereira
  3. Department of Conservation Biology, Estación Biológica de Doñana (EBD-CSIC), Sevilla, Spain

    • Fernando Ascensão
  4. Geomatics and Landscape Ecology Laboratory, Department of Biology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

    • Lenore Fahrig
  5. Western Transportation Institute, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, USA

    • Anthony P. Clevenger
  6. Center for Integrative Conservation, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Menglun, China

    • Richard T. Corlett
  7. Department of Geography, Planning and Environment, Concordia University Montreal, Montréal, Quebec, Canada

    • Jochen A. G. Jaeger
  8. Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science, College of Science and Engineering, James Cook University, Cairns, Queensland, Australia

    • William F. Laurance
  9. German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany

    • Henrique M. Pereira

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