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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Journal Nature Sustainability
Ascensão, F. (Fernando), Fahrig, L, Clevenger, A.P. (Anthony P.), Corlett, R.T. (Richard T.), Jaeger, J.A.G. (Jochen A. G.), Laurance, W.F. (William F.), & Pereira, H.M. (Henrique M.). (2018). Environmental challenges for the Belt and Road Initiative. Nature Sustainability (Vol. 1, pp. 206–209). doi:10.1038/s41893-018-0059-3