Case Session 1: Infrastructure, Conservation & Biodiversity

While Chinese-funded infrastructure can bring a host of benefits to recipient countries, many projects also pose tricky environmental and social challenges that must be carefully managed to minimize potential adverse impacts. Case studies in this session will look at how stakeholders are navigating such paradoxes of infrastructure development for the new standard gauge railway (SGR) linking Mombasa to Nairobi, as well as a series of Chinese-funded hydropwer projects spanning South America, Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia.


  • Ben Okita, Head of Monitoring, Save the Elephants

  • Stephanie Jensen-Cormier, Independent Consultant, Corporate Accountability & Biodiversity Governance (Video Presentation)

  • Moderator: Elizabeth Losos, Senior Fellow, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University