Humans exploit and trade wildlife across the globe - for food, clothing, decorations, furniture, medicine and status symbols. However, for all too many species, this represents a major threat to their survival. Slow-growing, economically-valuable species, such as tigers, rhinos and large sharks and rays, are highly vulnerable to trade-driven extinction.
Promoted as a 21st century version of the ancient Silk Roads, China’s Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) is a multi-billion-dollar project that will link China with countries in Southeast and Central Asia, East Africa, Europe and beyond, building a network that will include almost two thirds of the world’s population.
New paper out today in @naturesustainab on the expansion of Traditional Chinese Medicine as part of the #BeltandRoad Initiative and how it could affect #WildlifeTrade, from Amy Hinsley, EJ Milner-Gulland, Rosie Cooney