International Workshop on Ocean Sustainability in the Great Bay Area of the Pearl River Delta
International Workshop on Ocean Sustainability in the Great Bay Area of the Pearl River Delta has been held at HKUST on 28-28 Jan 2019, and was co-sponsored by the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) Special Policy Study on Ocean Governance, TRS project OCEAN_HK, and State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science (Xiamen University)
The workshop bought the CCICED experts, scientists from OCEAN_HK project and stakeholders from Hong Kong and Macau government together. It will serve to overview the ocean governance progress and practices in the Great Bay Area of the Pearl River Delta with special focus on the Hong Kong area. Participants was expected to assess the experiences and lessons learned from the regional practices of ocean governance and to identify challenges in the region. Along with other regional cases and the general practices in China at large, this workshop would attempt to generate important policy related recommendations to both the central government of China and regional governments such as the Hong Kong SAR.
The workshop has programmed participants to visit Siu Ho Wan Seawage Treatment Plant. Representatives from Environmental Protection Department, Agriculture and Fishery Conservation Department, Civil Engineering and Development Department, Drainage Services Department, and Hong Kong Observatory also reported their current status, challenges, and perspectives on sustainable development of Hong Kong related to ocean development, environment, ecosystem and climate changes. CCICED members also had an in-depth discussion on developing significant science-based ocean governance concept to the new initiative to be launched as a major development of high technologies in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area.