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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 disaster risk prediction and analysis, and disaster-resilient infrastructures.
Huang Runqiu, vice-minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, said dis
aster 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 Platea
u, the Himalayas, eastern 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.
Henrik Slotte, a senior disaster management expert from the UN Environm
ent Program, said poorly managed infrastructure projects can damage the ecosystem.
d in the city, and one in every eight buses is produced by Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Co, he said.
Through such efforts as opening cargo train routes to Europe and encouraging cross-border e-co
mmerce, Zhengzhou has helped implement the Belt and Road Initiative and benefited from it, he added.
“We truly feel that the Belt and Road has turned into roads of peace, prosperity, openness, innovation and civilization,” he said.
Tang Yuxiang, an NPC deputy and also board chairman of Zhengzhou Yutong Bus, said that since the Belt and Road Init
iative was put forward in 2013, the company has made overseas markets a strategic priority.