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Edward Malaga: “Those who make decisions to prevent emergencies do not listen to scientists”

Malaga congressman underlines the importance of the scientific advisory office for parliament and the executive branch | Fountain: CONGRESS OF THE REPUBLIC

Ungrouped congressman Edward Malaga pointed out that many of the dire consequences of Cyclone Yaku could have been prevented if “political decision makers” had listened more to science communitywho is warned about this climate situation.

“What is happening is that our scientific institutions, scientists are not empowered enough, they are not listened to enough. It has been known since last year that something similar could happen, and today we know that there is a possibility that the two phenomena, coastal El Niño and global El Niño, News Extension.

Similarly, he emphasized that institutions that study climate phenomena and other scientific activities usually do not have “direct or effective links with those who develop prevention policies.”

“What we end up doing is putting out fires. We shouldn’t be in this situation. Some damage could have been prevented, mitigated; others – no, there are those that are inevitable. with scientific advice Government or to Congress it helps change that lack of response,” he said.

In this sense, he indicated that his congressional office was looking into public infrastructure information and concluded that “we’re not ready” for a possible major natural event.

“The question of how we process and use scientific information is now very important. And we have already experienced this with the pandemic, we are experiencing it now with these climatic events (…) We are not ready, we continue to be unprepared and our scientific base does not contribute to this action of politicians,” he said. .

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On the other hand, the congressman stressed the importance scientific advisory office which can provide timely information to policy makers for better decision making.

“The field of scientific consulting is a concept that exists in many countries of the world. It is important for Executive as for him Congress (…) He constantly assesses the risks and trends, which can be economic, energy, food crises, natural disasters, and thus anticipates the next 5, 10 years to anticipate these phenomena,” he explained.

He also stressed the importance that this office will have in parliamentary work.

“When Congress It is to keep legislators up to date on current issues (…) and, before preparing their drafts, to generate information that will give them a guarantee that their initiatives will be effective,” he said.

“The work of this scientific advisory bureau ensures that the information is apolitical. That is, it is not run by a bench or a parliamentary group, but conveys what is known in a neutral and objective manner. Based on this, politicians will decide,” he added.

Source: RPP

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