Silk Roads Conference Held in Bishkek
The University of Central Asia's (UCA) Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI) held a Silk Roads Conference on “Anticipating Social and Environmental Impacts of China’s Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) in the Mountains of Central Asia” on October 26th 2018. Forty experts from 13 countries participated in the one-day conference, focused on current developments and impacts anticipated within the framework of China’s BRI. It aimed to strengthen strategic partnerships to study the challenges and opportunities of China’s BRI from a Central Asian perspective.
Participants discussed BRIs social and environmental impacts, challenges and opportunities, as well as conserving biodiversity and role of its ‘protected areas’. The event helped identify important next steps to support a ‘greening’ of the BRI programme. Through such work, MSRI aims to advance Sustainable Mountain Development for the benefit of local societies, considering both social and environmental aspects of new regional dynamics.