The 5th China Strategic Environmental Assessment Forum

The Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability (IEES) of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) jointly organized with the Hong Kong Institute of Environmental Impact Assessment (HKIEIA) and Nankai University an international forum on ‘Enhancing Regional Sustainability through Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)’, from 11 to 12 May 2017 at CUHK. About 180 renowned environmental scholars, researchers, consultants and government officials from around the world who are engaged in the environmental assessment processes presented their latest research development and insights. The Forum was made possible through the generous sponsorship of the United College of CUHK, and Beijing Green Grass Oasis Environmental Science and Technology Co. Ltd..

Ms Christine LOH, Under Secretary for the Environment of the HKSAR Government; Ms XIE Hui, Vice Director of Strategic Environmental Assessment Section of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of China; Ms Clara U, Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the 5th China SEA Forum; Professor Gabriel LAU, Director of IEES; and Professor ZHU Tan, SEA Center of Nankai University officiated at the opening ceremony of the Forum on 11 May at CUHK. The Forum is aimed at providing a platform to explore recent environmental and economic issues, and to feature the strengths to achieve sustainable development in the regional context through the application of SEA. Findings were presented in over 45 oral presentations under 4 thematic sessions, including Integration of SEA in Policy-making; Effectiveness of SEA; One Belt One Road Initiative and Impact Assessment; and Climate Change and Impact Assessment.

The forum was followed by 3 technical visits on 13 May: Cultural and Geo Tour – Exploring Sam Mun Tsai and Ma Shi Chau; Geoconservation Guided Tour – High Island Geo Trial, Sai Kung Volcanic Rock Region; and Tung O Ancient Trial – Witnessing the changes and development in Lantau.

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