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Zheng Guoguang says China will invest more on meteorological disaster mitigation in the 12th Five-Year period

On March 1, when interviewed by the media, Zheng Guoguang, Administrator of China Meteorological Administrator (CMA), said that in this year's annual meetings of National People's Congress (NPC) and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) he would put forward to make meteorological disaster prevention law. In the 12th Five-Year period meteorological disaster prevention and mitigation would still be the key task of Chinese meteorological departments and the investment would rise to 8 to 9 billion yuan.

Zheng Guoguang said that the Meteorological Disaster Prevention Ordinance, which came out in January 1 2010, played a very important role in improving law system construction in meteorological disaster prevention and reduce the loss of meteorological disaster. However, the Ordinance could not meet the needs of disaster prevention and mitigation, which called for more involvement of wider sectors. In order to regulate the responsibility of wide involvement from society, and improve the cross-sector coordination and decision-making mechanism and the mechanism of government-lead, cross-sector coordination and society participation for disaster prevention and mitigation, it was necessary to make a law on meteorological disaster prevention and mitigation.

In recent years, Chinese meteorological departments have regarded disaster prevention and mitigation as a key task, which has improved the decrease of the economic loss caused by disaster in GDP. According to the latest estimates, in the 12th Five-Year period, China will increase 40% to 50% investment on meteorological disaster prevention and mitigation than that of the 11th Five-year period, up to 8 to 9 billion.

This investment will put to some key projects, including meteorological monitoring and early warning projects, FY meteorological satellite, and new-generation weather radar. Some new key projects will be started up, such as prevention and early warning of mountain flood and geological disasters, grain production service, information releasing project for accidental events, decision-making supporting system for climate change, weather modification and maritime meteorology service. (Mar. 2)

Reporter Miao Yanli

Editor Zhang Yong