The Belt and Road Initiative International Green Development Coalition (BRIGC) was established after the second Belt and Road Forum in April 2019. The BRIGC is supervised by the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) with its own secretariat.
The main goal of the BRIGC is
“to promote international consensus, understanding, cooperation and concerted actions to realize green development on the Belt and Road, to integrate sustainable development into the BRI through joint efforts and to facilitate BRI participating countries to realize SDGs related to environment and development.”(BRIGC)
The BRIGC is open to participation to government departments, local and international organizations, think tanks, private sector stakeholders, civil society organizations.
Accordingly, over 130 Chinese and international organizations have joined the initiative, including:
|Belt and Road Environmental Technology Exchange and Transfer Center (Shenzhen)||Children Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)|
|BRI GC Secretariat (within Ministry of Ecology and Environment)||ClientEarth|
|China Highway & Transportation Society (CHTS)||Energy Foundation|
|Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning||Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)|
|Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO)||Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)|
|International Institute of Green Finance (IIGF)||International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD)|
|National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC)||International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)|
|Transport Planning and Research Institute (TPRI)||Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources in Singapore|
|World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)|
|World Resources Institute (WRI)|
The work of the BRI GC is divided into 10 thematic partnerships:
- Biodiversity and ecosystem management
- Green energy and energy efficiency
- Green finance and investments
- Improvement of environmental quality and green cities
- South-south environmental cooperation and SDG capacity building
- Green technology, innovation and corporate social responsibility
- Sustainable transportation
- Climate change governance and green transformation
- Environmental legislation and standards
- Maritime community with a shared future and marine environment governance
The thematic partnerships are led by both Chinese and international partners. Each working group develops their own work plan and shares progress with the overall BRI GC.
The BRI GC meets regularly, for example in June 2019 in Hangzhou, at an event during the UN Climate Action Summit, in October at the Our Ocean Event, in December in Shenzhen.