>> The move followed a State Council decision in April to es
nitiative is a challenge, but achievable,” she said, adding that at the heart of this challenge lies great potenti
al for innovation and creativity, such as new disaster risk prediction and analysis, and disaster-resilient infrastructures.
Huang Runqiu, vice-minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, said dis
aster risk reduction of natural hazards along the initiative is crucial for its success and sustainability.
Regions at the heart of the initiative, such as the Tianshan-Pamir Platea
u, the Himalayas, eastern parts of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and South Asia, are facing serio
us disaster threats due to tectonic movements, fragile ecosystems and extreme weather, he said.
Henrik Slotte, a senior disaster management expert from the UN Environm
ent Program, said poorly managed infrastructure projects can damage the ecosystem.
has made tremendous economic achievements, and they have enjoyed affluent material conditions since childho
od. So they set higher standards for life and ask for better quality and unique experiences,” Tang said.
“Compared with the older generation, they are more willing to pay for conveni
ence, entertainment, mental stimulation, companionship and education that will benefit their future careers.”
George Ren, a senior partner with global consultancy Roland Berger, said many companies have star
ted to respond to this demographic shift in recent years, as they have seen great potential in the singles’ economy.
“They have made products of smaller size, in smaller packages or with more divided functions. They have also deve
loped unique and personalized services to cater to the diversified demands from single people,” he said.