Dr. Hubert Cheung, a JSPS Fellow in our department, has published a research article in People and Nature.
Title: Understanding China’s political will for sustainability and conservation gains
Authors: Hubert Cheung, Yutong Phoenix Feng, Amy Hinsley, Tien Ming Lee, Hugh P. Possingham, Stephen N. Smith, Laura Thomas-Walters, Yifu Wang, Duan Biggs
This peer-reviewed article, published in the journal People and Nature, explores the core interests of the Chinese leadership to uncover opportunities to leverage Beijing’s political will for sustainability and conservation gains. Political will is a critical determinant of the success or failure of environmental policies and interventions. Harnessing the political will necessary to implement environmental solutions can be challenging because environmental priorities may compete with other societal interests in policymaking. Environmental solutions are more politically feasible if fundamentally aligned with the core interests of key policymakers. Understanding the political agendas of decision-makers enables conservationists to identify where political will already exists, and allows environmental objectives to piggyback on the motivation to deliver results. China’s influence on ecosystems and natural resource use both within and beyond its borders is growing, making this analysis of its leadership’s political will is valuable and timely.