(From left) Professor Kenneth Wong, Dr Wong Fook-yee and Ms Tanya Chan offer valuable insights on local conservation


(左起) 黃觀貴教授、王福義博士和陳淑莊女士分享他們對香港保育工作的見解

Date: 17 Apr 2014 (Thursday)

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Forum held to discuss sustainable development of rural areas in Hong Kong

通識教育處舉辦論壇探討香港郊野的可持續發展

The General Education Office (GEO) organised an open forum on the sustainable development of rural areas in Hong Kong last Thursday (10 April). Three professionals and scholars were invited to share their insightful views on conservation work in Hong Kong and the historical and current development of Tai Long Sai Wan. They were Ms Tanya Chan, Vice-chairman (External Affairs) of the Civic Party, Dr Wong Fook-yee, former Assistant Director (Country and Marine Parks) of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, and Professor Kenneth Wong of the Department of Geography at HKBU.
 
The Legislative Council’s decision to incorporate the country park “enclave” of Tai Long Sai Wan into Sai Kung East Country Park had triggered public concern over the protection and future of undeveloped rural areas. At the forum, the three speakers discussed this hot social issue from multiple perspectives so as to provide students with an opportunity to understand more about the issue and to encourage self-reflection on it.
 
Professor Kenneth Wong introduced the geographical characteristics and historical development of Tai Long Sai Wan; Dr Wong Fook-yee highlighted the challenges and progress of conservation work in Hong Kong; and Ms Tanya Chan shared what the authority could do to preserve valuable natural resources. In the discussion session, the speakers provided further suggestions on how to strike a balance between economic development and conservation of rural areas. They also emphasised that sustainable development is for the benefit of future generations, and therefore Hong Kong people should start preserving the country parks today without further delay.
 
To enhance general education, GEO organises a wide variety of activities aiming to enable students to make connections among different disciplines and to gain insights into current social issues. The forum was held under the series entitled “Discussing the sustainable development of rural areas in Hong Kong through the Tai Long Sai Wan case”, which also included a field trip to Tai Long Sai Wan and a photo competition on the theme of the beauty and development of rural areas in Hong Kong. 

通識教育處上周四 (四月十日) 舉辦「來自西灣的『理』──探討香港郊野可持續發展論壇」,邀得三位專業人士和學者分享他們對香港保育工作的獨特見解,並剖析大浪西灣的歷史與發展狀況,他們分別是公民黨副主席 (外務) 陳淑莊女士、前漁農自然護理署助理署長王福義博士和浸大地理系黃觀貴教授。
 
早前,立法會決議將大浪西灣毗鄰郊野公園的「不包括土地」納入西貢東郊野公園範圍,引起公眾的迴響,並對尚未開發的郊區保育與將來表示關注。三位講者於論壇上分別從多角度圍繞該熱門社會議題進行討論,藉此加深同學對事件的認識,並引導他們作出反思。
 
黃觀貴教授介紹了大浪西灣的地理特徵及歷史發展狀況,王福義博士暢談了香港保育工作的困難與進展,陳淑莊女士則分享了政府部門應如何保護珍貴的天然資源。在討論環節中,講者進一步就經濟發展與環境保育應如何作出平衡提出建議,並強調可持續發展可為港人下一代帶來禆益,因此保護郊野公園實在是刻不容緩的。
 
通識教育處舉辦不同類型的活動,讓學生連繫不同範疇的知識,洞悉當代的社會狀況,作為通識教育的一部分。是次論壇為「浪浪新鮮浪浪FUN──從大浪西灣事件看郊野可持續發展」系列活動之一,其餘活動包括大浪西灣導賞團及以展現香港郊野地區的美景和發展狀況為題的攝影比賽。