Civic Exchange newsletter – April 2014 Issue 2

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Civic Exchange newsletter – April 2014 Issue 1

 

2014.04.01

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Hong Kong needs an archives law

Civic Exchange has started conducting research on Hong Kong’s public records management since 2007. Last month, the Office of The Ombudsman has completed a direct investigation into Hong Kong’s public records management and archiving system, and made 15 recommendations to the HKSAR Government for improvement, including introduction of an archives law. Civic Exchange urges the HKSAR Government to enact an archives law in Hong Kong without further delay.

Civic Exchange’s research report, The Memory Hole: Why Hong Kong Needs an Archives Law (2011), examines why Hong Kong has not enacted a law akin to China’s Archives Law or Australia’s Archives Act to protect public documents from official tampering.

Article on HKEJ (28 March 2014) by Yan-yan Yip, CEO of Civic Exchange, comments on the public records management in Hong Kong. (Chinese only)

The following timeline shows the selected cases of poor records management in Hong Kong.

RTHK Radio 3 Backchat: Street Life and Management in Hong Kong

(24 March 2014) – Simon Ng, Head of Transport and Sustainability Research, on a RTHK Radio 3 programme, Backchat, talked about Hong Kong’s open space and street management. [Listen]

publications

25 March 2014 - HKET – Mongkok pedestrianised zone, the potential shared space (By Carine Lai)
21 March 2014
– SCMP – Hong Kong can help curb illegal fishing on the high seas (By Wilson Lau)


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SCMP – Catch of the day

Wilson Lau, Research and Project officer – The vast oceans belong to everyone, and we all have a right to consider how they should be used. This is the premise behind the work of the Global Ocean Commission, a relatively new collective of influential political figures from different continents who are bringing attention to the high seas – the 64 per cent of the world’s oceans that are not protected by national laws. (more…)


Civic Exchange newsletter – March 2014 Issue 2

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SCMP – Shaky ground

Carine Lai, Project Manager – In the scramble to provide more housing, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has proposed to increase building densities across the city. According to a paper submitted by the Development Bureau to the Legislative Council at the end of January, development densities will rise by 20 per cent, except in the already extremely crowded parts of northern Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. (more…)


Civic Exchange newsletter – March 2014 Issue 1

 

2013.03.04

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Seeking ways to tackle Hong Kong’s traffic congestion

(28 February 2014) – Simon Ng, Head of Transport and Sustainability Research, commented on different policy initiatives for easing Hong Kong’s traffic congestion, in a TVB current affairs programme, A Closer Look. [View programme] (Cantonese only)

Warsaw? Where next for the UN Climate Caravan?

(23 January 2014) – Civic Exchange, the Business Environment Council and the Climate Change Business Forum co-organised this event to provide an update on the 2013 UN Climate Conference in Warsaw. The speakers focused on how the private sector can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The event report which captures the highlights and presentations, is available on the Civic Exchange website. [Details]

publications

21 February 2014 – SCMP – Second gear (By Bryan Suen)
10 February 2014 – CleanBiz.Asia – Turning the tide on the international shark fin trade (By Wilson Lau)


CIVIC EXCHANGE PROJECTS


SCMP – Second gear
(Bryan Suen, Research and Project Officer) – Starting this month, the service life span of all newly registered diesel commercial vehicles is limited to just 15 years. Coupled with its plan to phase out older diesel vehicles, the government is determined and committed to improve roadside air quality.

This policy is part of a raft of incentives to tackle roadside emissions and protect public health. The ex gratia payment scheme to phase out pre-Euro IV diesel commercial vehicles starts on March 1, and will see more than 80,000 such vehicles off our roads by 2020. Together with the catalytic converter replacement scheme for LPG vehicles and the introduction of a new air quality health index, the plan underlines the government’s commendable determination to improve Hong Kong’s air quality. (more…)

Civic Exchange newsletter – February 2014 Issue 2

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SCMP – Full worth

(Wilson Lau, Research & Project Officer) – Country park enclaves were a big issue last year. Some 54 pockets lacking a specific land-use classification were being assessed by the government. In this year’s policy address, the chief executive said it would seek to better protect ecologically important sites in private ownership through two measures: the management agreement scheme that enables approved non-governmental organisations to partner landowners in conserving the sites, and public-private partnerships. (more…)


Civic Exchange commends the shipping industry for extending the Fair Winds Charter

Hong Kong 13 February 2014 – Civic Exchange commends the shipping industry for extending the Fair Winds Charter to the end of 2014. This is a welcoming move from the industry, showing once again how committed they are in reducing ship emissions in Hong Kong, supporting government legislation for at-berth fuel switching, and promoting similar practices and regulations across the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region. (more…)