As a result, it is paramount to use new technologies and

international cooperation to jointly tackle these natural disaster risks, protect ecological security and achieve sustainable development,” Bai said.

The academy will continue to collaborate with foreign partners to create new platform

s and mechanisms to improve disaster management and ecological protection, he added.

Mami Mizutori, head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, said in a video speech that th

e scale and reach of the world’s largest infrastructure initiative will impact billions of people and reshape the ph

ysical 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 ensu

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

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