Climate Change Research ›› 2017, Vol. 13 ›› Issue (4): 383-389.doi: 10.12006/j.issn.1673-1719.2017.046

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International Negotiations on the Cross-Boundary Issues and China’s Countermeasure Analysis Within the Three Rio Conventions

Wang Min1, Wu Liang2, Feng Xiangzhao1   

  1. 1 Policy Research Center for Environment and Economy (PRCEE), Ministry of Environmental Protection, Beijing 100029, China
    2 Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2017-03-06 Revised:2017-04-19 Online:2017-07-30 Published:2017-07-30
  • Contact: WANG Min


Climate change, biodiversity loss and land desertification are three of the most serious global environmental challenges faced by humans. As these challenges involve global public goods, it is crucially important that the global society should strive to make synergies between the three most influential United Nations (UN) conventions, which are the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Convention on Biodiversity and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). This paper reviews the negotiation process under the three conventions, especially focusing on cross-boundary issues. By analyzing the focal concerns of main parties, this paper evaluates possible future scenarios on cross-boundary issues under the three conventions. The cross-boundary issues can be summarized in the following aspects: mitigation, adaptation, loss and damage, and strategic plans and initiatives. It will promote synergistic actions under three conventions based on the ecosystem approach. In the end, we propose the following strategies: (1) lead the negotiations of the cross-boundary issues initiatively; (2) construct and perfect the synergetic fulfillment mechanism of China; (3) improve the regional cooperation combining South–South Collaboration and the Belt and Road.

Key words: climate change, biodiversity, land desertification, cross-boundary issues, negotiations

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