Disaster-proofing the world’s largest infrastructure ini
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nitiative is a challenge, but achievable,” she said, adding that at the heart of this challenge lies great potenti
al for innovation and creativity, such as new dis
aster risk predic
tion and analysis, and disaster-resilient infrastructures.
Huang Runqiu, vice-minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, said dis
reduction of nat
ural hazards along the initiative is crucial for its success and sustainability.
Regions at the heart of the initiative, such as the Tianshan-Pamir Platea
u, the H
rn parts of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and South Asia, are facing serio
us disaster threats due to tectonic movements, fragile ecosystems and extreme weather, he said.
k Slotte, a senior disa
ster management expert from the UN Environm
ent Program, said poorly managed infrastructure projects can damage the ecosystem.
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