Biodiversity Impacts of Chinese Investment in Africa and Opportunities for Conservation

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On 5 May 2010, the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group convened a meeting on Biodiversity Impacts of Chinese Investment in Africa and Opportunities for Conservation, hosted by World Resources Institute and chaired by Peter Viet, WRI’s Regional Director for Africa, Institutions and Governance Program. The meeting was held to investigate how best to engage with new actors affecting conservation and biodiversity in sub-Saharan Africa. Chinese engagement in Africa has grown rapidly over the past decade and Chinese companies are now investing heavily in natural resources extraction, infrastructure construction and daily life in African nations.

The objectives of the meeting were to investigate the following questions:
  • What is the scope of Chinese investment in African countries, and what is the impact on biodiversity?
  • Who are the key actors and stakeholders? How are Chinese companies and the Chinese government linked to extractive industries and impacts on biodiversity?
  • What challenges (including transparence and non-interference) are faced by conservation groups working with new actors in the region?
  • How can conservationists leverage opportunities for biodiversity conservation with non-traditional partners, including growing interest in corporate social responsibility?

Minutes of the meeting are available here. Please click the presentation titles below to view each presentation and click the "Tools & Resources" tab at the top of this page for additional documents, links and resources.

Video of full meeting is available at this link: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/6694598.

Click here for Peter Viet's meeting introduction

Presentations for the meeting included:

China Goes Global: New Actors and New Challenges in Africa (click for presentation)
Deborah Brautigam, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University, and author of The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa

China for a Global SHIFT (click for presentation)
Andrew Murphy, Director, Strategy and Research & Development, Markets Department, World Wildlife Fund-US

The Africa/China Connection: Ivory, CITES and More (click for presentation)
Crawford Allan, TRAFFIC-North America

Pioneering Partnership with Chinese Extractive Industries: WCS, WWF, USFWS, the Government of Gabon, and Sinopec in Loango National Park (click for presentation)
James Deutsch, Wildlife Conservation Society

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