Hong Kong suffers from very substantial air pollution or, using the governments
more common lexicon, poor air quality. This pollution harms the health and
quality of life of every person who is exposed to italmost every person in
Case Study on the Environmental
Impact Assessment Ordinance (EIAO)
_ An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a planning tool
. for improving environmental decisionmaking. It attempts to pre
'. dict or measure environment
Nature Conservation in Hong Kong
Biodiversity of HK
Approx. no. Approx. %
. ty and Biodiversity
ion in Hong Kong
Richard T. Corlett
One is struck by the very large total amount of species crowded on so
small an island, which navigators depict as apparently so bleak and bare.
George Bentham, Flora Honglzongensis (1861)
Water Pollution and Management in HK
Water pollution can be invisible to the naked eye, but its impacts are for the
most part clear enough.
Bacteria, nutrients and other pollutants can make swimmers sick,
contaminate or kill marine life, and give off bad
Municipal Solid Waste Management in HK
movable material that is perceived, sometimes erroneously, to be of no
further value. Once discarded, it may be no problem, or a nuisance or a
Waste by type in HK
Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)
The EIA process in HK
What is EIA?
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
Why do we need an EIA process?
to avoid this .
to prevent this .
and this .
So we need a mechanism to deal with .
essential infrastructure developments
Why urban planning is needed?
What policy tools are used by planners to control
What are the limitations of such tools?
Objectives of HKs Planning Department
~ to avoid incompatible land uses
~ to balance competing interests for scarce land
What major cross-border environmental problems?
What institutional constraints to co-operation in the 1990s?
Why, how, and to what extent, increased co-operation
in the 2000s?
Question: How did cooperation come about?
Some basic concepts
Pollution & Waste
the introduction by humans,
deliberately or inadvertently, of
substances or energy (heat,
radiation, noise) into the
environment resulting in a
movable material that is perceived,
Water has a vital role in human survival, environmental health and sustainable
development. It is used for drinking, food preparation, agriculture and sanitation,
and it is the medium that holds the freshwater and marine environment
Why has there not been a more
concerted effort to solve the air
We know what tbepmblm' ii: We know that Hong Kongs air is heavily
polluted. We know that air pollution harms peoples health and
causes damage to vegetation, soil,
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The Relevance of Some International Experiences
Yok~shiu F. LEE
In the early 1980s, when Hong Kongs gradual deindustrialization proc
The Marine Flora and Fauna of Hong Kong and
Southern China V(ed. B. Morton). Proceedings of the
Tenth International Marine Biological Workshop: The
Marine Flora and Fauna of Hong Kong and Southern
China, Hong Kong, 6-26 April 1998.
Hong Kong: Hong Kong Un
Concerned about the environment?
Agree Disagree Not sure
I am concerned about the environment.
My friends are concerned.
Hong Kong people are concerned.
Regarding the following statements:
Economic growth is more impo
Why environmental policy actions in Hong Kong are
Could we offer a political explanation for the failure of
environmental policy actions?
Why roadside air quality has remained poor despite
years of heightened publi
Vol. 14, No. 9, October 2009, 851 869
Public perception of locally unwanted facilities in Hong Kong:
implications for conict resolution
Kin Che Lam and Lai Yan Woo
Department of Geography and Resource Management, The Chinese University o
THE ASIA PACIFIC JOURNAL OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION VOL. 29, NO. 2 (DECEMBER 2007): 207-222
Business-NGO Relationships for
Environmental Conservation in Hong Kong:
Capacity Building for NGOs and the Roles
of Government and Business-Related
i Hong Kongs Environmental
2.1 THE ADMINISTRATIVE FRAMEWORK
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR)
government is headed by the Chief Executive. The top three
officials are the Chief Secretary for Administration, Fin
HOT, STACKED, AND CROWDED
Improving the Livability of Hong Kongs Urban Environment
One Building at a Time . . .?
This paper was born out of a response* submi2ed in October 2009
NONE TOO SOON: NEW AIR QUALITY
STANDARDS FOR HONG KONG
By Christine Loh
After a long delay, Hong Kong seems about to take a major step to clean
up air pollution and improve public health. In July, the government
finally launched a long-await
Response to the Review of the Urban Renewal Strategy
Christine Loh, Civic Exchange
A review of the Urban Renewal Strategy (URS) would be incomplete without three things
that have yet to be done. Firstly, the current review needs to be done within