From Environmental Threats to New Development Rules and Tools in Eurasia

Publication type Article
Status Published
Occupation: Director of Conservation Policy
Affiliation: WWF-Russia
Address: 19 bld. 3, Nikoloyamslaya st., Moscow, 109240, Russian Federation
Occupation: International coordinator
Affiliation: Rivers without Boundaries Coalition
Address: Jinhairenjia 7–1-202, Jinshitan, Dalian, China 116650
Journal nameObshchestvennye nauki i sovremennost
EditionIssue 6

Realization of an ambitious integration project “Silk Road Economic Belt” is to be fi nanced through the system of the newly created “China-led” development institutions (Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), BRICS Bank (New Development Bank) and at least 5 other fi nancial institutions. There is an urgent need to prevent the lowering of environmental safeguards standards – “ecological damping” during implementation of transboundary strategies and projects by the newly created fi nancial institutions as compared with the existing policies and procedures of Bretton Woods System institutions, including Bank/IFC Group, Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). As one of such measures it is suggested to expand the regional applicability of the Convention on the Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context of UNECE and its Protocol on Strategic environmental assessment or to adopt a similar Asian convention of UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacifi c (ESCAP).

KeywordsEnvironmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context; Silk Road Economic Belt; strategic environmental assessment; BRICS Bank (New Development Bank), Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
Publication date17.12.2015
Number of characters911
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