LI Yangfan (Nanjing University), Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) in Hong Kong: Preliminary Survey and Implications for Mainland China, English/18 pages, May 2010.

How to conserve non built-up landscapes (wetlands, country park woodlands and etc.) and realize urban-regional sustainability is a challenge with the rapid urbanization of Hong Kong and China’s coastal areas. A survey of Hong Kong will be helpful in understanding future trends and the concentration of urbanization, socio-economic drivers, key environmental changes and their effects, in particular vulnerability to increased Global Environmental Change (GEC) in urban areas. On the basis of field environmental and geographical survey, the paper attempts to identify some critical issues, e.g. sea reclamation, wetlands conservation and harmonious urbanization, presents a framework for public-oriented governance, showing that advancing eco-governance of public participation, public transport and public green space across local and regional levels of government and relevant stakeholders are crucial to formulate ecological, low-carbon and green policies towards harmonious urbanization.