Dialogue with China’s Environmental Experts

Civic Exchange is co-organising a public forum with the Department of Geography and Resource Management at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Professional Association for China’s Environmental Experts. Senior environmental experts and government advisors from Mainland China and Hong Kong will be present to discuss environmental governance and the role of legislations.Civic Exchange presents a platform for dialogue between Hong Kong’s general public and environmental experts, discussing the latest issues relating to amendments to Chinese environmental legislation and the role of a legal regime in protected areas for conserving biodiversity in Mainland China and Hong Kong.


Date: Saturday, 5 January 2013
Time: 2.30pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Civic Exchange office, Office address: 23/F, Chun Wo Commercial Centre, 23-29 Wing Wo Street, Central, Hong Kong.
Some speakers will speak in Mandarin with limited English visual materials

Please click here to download event summary report. (Chinese only)


14.30Welcome & IntroductionProf David Chen
Ms Su Liu
Session 1 – 40 years on: review of environmental protection and ways forward
(Chair: Prof David Chen)
14.35 A “Union of the Environment”: A way for regional pollutions co-controlProf Wang Jinnan
14.50Environmental Protection in Hong Kong: What’s been done and the next stepsProf Ng Cho-nam
15.05Society-Based Environmental GovernanceDr Wang Hua
15.20Session 1 – Moderated Discussion
“Environmental Protection – Where are we now?”Opening remark (5min) – Environmental Governance from an International Perspective: Challenges and opportunities.
Prof Wang Jinnan,
Prof Ng Cho-nam,
Dr Wang Hua,
Dr Jennifer Turner
Prof Bi Jun
Session 2 – Legislations: the fundamentals of environmental governance
(Chair: Ms Su Liu)
16.00Enhancing the Environmental Legal Framework: A closer look at the latest amendments to environmental protection legislation in the MainlandProf Wang Canfa
16.15The China case: Why promote protected areas legislation?Prof Zhang Li
16.30The Hong Kong Case: The importance of a legal framework for nature conservationMr Wilson Lau
Mr Mike Kilburn
16.45Session 2 – Moderated Discussion“Sound Legislations: The building blocks for protecting the environment”

Opening remark (5min) – EnvironmentalGovernance: The good and bad of the US challenges

Prof Wang Chanfa, Prof Zhang Li, Dr Xie Yan, Mr Mike Kilburn
Ms Su Liu
17.15Closing RemarksMs Yan-yan Yip
- This is a translated version of the Chinese language programme. In case of discrepancy, the Chinese programme shall prevail.