Apart from making remarkable improvements in forecasting and monitoring floods, and strengthened its warning and communication system, China has built extensive flood-control infrastructure along rivers and developed ways to drain out floodwaters from cities as soon as possible.
COVID19 has exposed the ills and virtues of local communities, national systems, and global regimes when it comes to food, Cecilia Tortajada and Andrea Biswas write.
COVID-19’s origin has become a political issue, but this should not prevent governments from learning from China’s response to the crisis, Ang Eng Guan and Asit Biswas write.
During the current pandemic, a lack of clean water for drinking and proper hygienic practices has become a major concern for cities in the developing world, especially in slums, peri-urban areas and refugee camps.
By developing and expanding ‘sponge cities’, China is showing the world how to manage its water resources.
“it is necessary to strengthen market supervision, resolutely ban and severely crack down on illegal wildlife markets and trade, and control major public health risks”