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.