Globally, China’s influence is felt not only in the economic realm but also in the natural world. Its expanding global environmental footprint ranges from the impact of large-scale infrastructure development to loss of native vegetation driven by agricultural commodity production expansion. As many of the ecosystems affected are globally significant and vulnerable, the Paulson Institute believes that it is important to guide China on how to better assess and manage the environmental risks and thus reduce its environmental footprint.

We are working with strategic partners to develop tools to better inform China about overseas investment decisions, introduce international experience, and leverage the market’s role in incentivizing sustainable practices as well as in unlocking financial resources for conservation. In addition, we are developing research to inform the 15th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity on the financial targets and to identify mechanisms to help close the funding gap for global biodiversity conservation.

Policy Research and Advocacy

Research on Financing Targets and Implementation Mechanisms for CBD COP 15

The 15th Conference of Parties (COP 15) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is a major milestone in global biodiversity conservation. This global gathering in 2020 in Kunming, China, will define the global...

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Capacity Building

Promotion of Environmental Risk Screening Tool (ERST) for China’s Overseas Investment

In tandem with China's growing clout in overseas investment is the rising environmental risk exposure confronting Chinese investors. Faced with such environmental challenges in host countries, China has developed and issued a host of green...

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