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    Major joint forum on Hong Kong's environmental future

    Environmental issues have led to growing public concern and discussion in Hong Kong. On 6 June at the OUHK campus the School of Science and Technology and the Tien Dao Worldwide Christian Media Association jointly hosted a major forum on ‘How eco-friendly does Hong Kong want to be, and can it be?’

    Dean of the School of Science and Technology Prof. Ho Kin-chung started off the forum by announcing the results of an online public survey conducted several weeks earlier. He said, ‘The twelve questions in the survey addressed several environmental issues. There were a total of 500 respondents. The strongest consensus was on four of the items, which included supporting solid and food waste recycling, improving water quality in Victoria Harbour and typhoon shelters, enhancing protection of country and marine parks and geoparks, and establishing a “Green Fund”.’

    Nearly 40 prominent guest speakers, comprising environmental group leaders, local experts, legislators, academics, and community and religious representatives, provided their views on various environmental issues. The designated Secretary for the Environment Mr Wong Kam-sing was in attendance.

    There was also a keen discussion on topics such as land reclamation, charges on domestic waste and the construction of a third airport runway. Over 350 people attended the event. A submission incorporating the forum discussions and the survey results and analysis has been sent to the new Hong Kong SAR Government for reference.

    Mr Lam Chiu-ying,
    former Director of the Hong Kong Observatory
    Our country parks should be kept so that everyone can get close to nature and live a happy life.

    Dr Man Chi-sum, Green Power
    The environmental problems in Hong Kong are caused by a lack of good government policies.
    I urge the government to expeditiously implement the ‘Policy Framework for the Management of Municipal Solid Waste’ of 2005, and launch the producer responsibility scheme.

    Rev. Kiven Choy,
    Tien Dao Worldwide Christian Media Association
    I hope there is no self-serving or profiteering behaviour on environmental issues.

    Dr William Yu, World Wide Fund for Nature
    Sustainable development means a balance between the economy, livelihood and the environment. Hong Kong needs a comprehensive roadmap, and the government’s policies must take into account both science and feasibility.

    Prof. Lam Kin-che,
    Centre for Environmental Policy and Resource Management,
    the Chinese University of Hong Kong
    I hope everyone can do their part to reduce waste. This may also help reduce land acquisition for the construction of landfills and incinerators.

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