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Reading 1.1

2 January, 2015 - 12:25

'Maxwell, G S and Hung, C L (2008) 'Diversity in cultural perceptions of ecological resources: Lessons from New Zealand and Hong Kong, China ', Proc. UNESCO, Joint Reg. Sem. and CBRN, Jakarta MAB:121–31. This reading is presented on pages 121–31 of the UNESCO document, but note that in your .pdf reader, the reading appears on pages 131–141. You are invited to 'tour' any other pages as you wish. As you examine this paper from the point of view of appreciating the nature and scale of the management challenge presented by our huge Sai Kung East Country Park, perhaps give attention to some key points:

  • Defining sustainability is not an easy task scientifically.
  • EIA is an immature discipline and often not done to acceptable scientific standards.
  • Ecology as a science must not be over-pressured by 'Green groups' who can have, as do some developers, rather limited or narrow agendas.
  • Hong Kong is not always behind and in need of following so-called 'developed countries.'
  • Both Hong Kong and New Zealand have shown clear developmental stages and phases in environmental management.
  • Hong Kong today looks upon its country parks as locations which enhance the quality of life. This view is a paradigm shift from the earlier, post-World War Two view of country parks as sites requiring slope and soil erosion control and or as catchment landscapes for water supplies.
  • Management today involves re-vegetation of degraded slopes and habitats with species native to Hong Kong and southern China in tune with the regional biogeography and ecology.