As the pressures of climate change continue to mount, there is an urgent need for a form of growth that embraces conservation. This is particularly important for countries along the Belt and Road routes.
Most countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative are developing countries and emerging economies, and they still rely on extensive economic growth and suffer from the resultant severe air and water pollution.
Their overall carbon emissions have accounted for more than 60 per cent of the global total. 60 per cent of the countries most vulnerable to climate change are participating in the Belt and Road Initiative.