ons of people and reshape the physical world, and

14 May

ons of people and reshape the physical world, and

countries should be mindful of these projects’ impact on the environment and inhabitants.

“It is encouraging that the government of China is taking proac­tive measures to ensure tha

t the development of the Belt and Road Initiative is risk-informed and sustainable,” she added.

“Disaster-proofing the world’s largest infrastructure initiative is a challenge, but achi

evable,” she said, adding that at the heart of this challenge lies great potential for innovation and creativity, suc

h as new disaster risk prediction and analysis, and disaster-resilient infrastructures.

Huang Runqiu, vice-minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, said disas

ter risk reduction of natural hazards along the initiative is crucial for its success and sustainability.

Regions at the heart of the initiative, such as the Tianshan-Pamir Plateau, the H

imalayas, eastern parts of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and South Asia, are facing serious

disaster threats due to tectonic movements, fragile ecosystems and extreme weather, he said.

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