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Belt and Road Initiative Meteorological Development Plan

As part of its continuing commitment to establishing closer meteorological co-operation among the countries grouped along the routes of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the China Meteorological Administration recently issued its Belt and Road Initiative Meteorological Development Plan (2017-2025).

This proposes that many of the key cities connected by the BRI will serve as meteorological nodes, offering related services to nearby economic development zones and industrial parks. All of the cities along the BRI routes would then co-operate on the joint provision of meteorological services for many of the BRI’s international economic co-operation corridors, including the New Eurasian Land Bridge and the China-Mongolia-Russia, China-Central Asia-West Asia and China-Indochina Peninsula economic corridors.

Overall, the key objective of the plan is to establish an integrated meteorological monitoring system serving the Belt and Road prior to 2025. This will combine the use of satellite technology and a purpose-built observation station network extending across all of the priority regions.

As a means of achieving these objectives, the development plan identifies five priority requirements:

(1) Building a new international meteorological co-operation platform and refining the BRI’s existing disaster prevention and mitigation systems

(2) Expanding the existing meteorological station network and sharing meteorological data with countries along the BRI routes as a means of establishing a meteorological monitoring network

(3)  Enhancing the existing facilities for the prevention and mitigation of meteorological disasters and developing a range of meteorological services that will be made available to clients on a global basis

(4) Encouraging meteorological research and raising the capacity to accurately model forthcoming weather patterns in the countries and oceans set along the BRI routes

(5) Promoting the wider dissemination and sharing of domestically-developed meteorological products and technologies, while advancing the marketisation and internationalisation of meteorological services

For further details (in Chinese), please refer to the following link:

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