Expert: China needs disaster-prevention system

14:51, May 18, 2010      

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China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) held its 2010 academic report conference on the theme of scientists' social responsibility on Monday.

Four well-known experts were invited to the conference. Social and scientific hot issues, such as disaster prevention and mitigation, genetically-modified crops, climate change and vaccines were analyzed and commented upon during the conference. Experts also discussed the causes and mechanisms of these issues and put forward relatively coping strategies and methods.

Shi Peijun, vice president of Beijing Normal University, presented a report with the topic of "Natural Disaster and Comprehensive Disaster Prevention and Mitigation"

"Natural disaster in China is characterized by diversified kinds and high frequency. China has suffered great disasters in recent years, which have greatly affected the country and its people,"Shi said. "It is urgent to enhance understanding and knowledge of natural disasters and establish a comprehensive prevention system for natural disasters at all levels, from the government to enterprises and communities. In particular, preventions systems must focus on great disasters.

Shi also introduced the distribution characteristics of natural disasters in time and space, and summarized the development and direction of disaster risk science. He also proposed and expounded two strategies on strengthening comprehensive disaster mitigation and prevention from great disasters.

By People's Daily Online

(Editor:梁军)

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