Russia to step up monitoring of dangerous natural phenomena from outer space

Russian Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov has announced plans to bolster monitoring of dangerous natural phenomena from outer space.

"I have made a decision to step up monitoring from outer space, which will allow us to detect dangerous natural processes 3-7 days beforehand," he told journalists.

The Emergency Situations Ministry is launching the second stage of efforts to improve a tsunami warning system in the Far East, he said.

Puchkov attended the 6th forum of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) emergency services on Russky Island on Tuesday.

"Changing technological, demographic and cultural conditions and deepening urbanization processes amid worsening environmental pollution could pose a threat to the sustainable development of APEC economies in the future," he said.

Puchkov stressed the importance of innovative response systems, as well as new forms and methods of communication with the population.

"We need to switch from hazards and threats prevention methods to methods of target-oriented risk management and loss minimization," Puchkov said.

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