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Can disaster risk reduction lessons be learned from China?

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BEIJING, 29 April 2013 (IRIN) - China, which annually faces almost
every disaster possible - including earthquakes, floods, cyclones and
landslides - is doing something right in the field of disaster risk
reduction (DRR), experts say.

"China has learned from the experience of many years of heavy human and
economic losses how important it is to put a cap on annual acceptable
losses if it is to succeed in protecting its economic and social
development. It is now aiming to keep disaster losses at no more than
1.5 percent loss of GDP," UN Special Representative of the
Secretary-General for DRR Margareta Wahlstr


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