China seeks cooperation from Pakistan and other Asian countries in monitoring meteorological disasters to minimize their grave effects.
Yu Yong, Deputy Administrator of China Meteorological Administration (CMA) said that global community should join hands to enhance disaster monitoring and early warning capabilities, and promote the sharing of disaster risk and early warning information for Pakistan and other ‘Belt and Road’ countries.”
He was addressing the 2021 Workshop on Regional Disaster Warning Capacity Enhancement in Asia. Hosted by CMA Public Meteorological Service Centre (PMSC, National Early Warning Centre), the workshop was attended by officials, experts and representatives in the fields of early warning and disaster reduction management from European, North American and Asian countries.
According to The State of the Climate in Asia 2020, a multi-agency report released by World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on October 26, climate-related hazards, especially floods, storms and droughts, affect people and their livelihood in many parts of Asia. Therefore, “in a region as vast and diverse as this, cooperation and collaboration are crucial not only in disaster risk reduction, but also in many other priority areas,” Ben Churchill – Head of Regional Office for Asia and the South-West Pacific, WMO – pinpointed, adding that information sharing allows people to leverage available resources and promptly identify gaps in capabilities, ensuring that people work efficiently and effectively.
Cao Zhiyu, senior engineer of National Early Warning Centre, China, mentioned that for BRI countries, the meteorological support is committed in particular at regional level to a warning-based co-preparedness, in which warning related systems, techniques, products and ideas will be shared with China’s surrounding developing countries while contributing to Global Meteorological Alerting System (GMAS) at the same time.
The workshop was aimed to further strengthen the exchange of national meteorological early warning information between China and BRI countries.
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