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Course

UGEB2113 Nature Conservation in Hong Kong

Time

Lecture: Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Instructor

Dr. CHIU Hon Chim

Course Description

This course aims at providing students with an overall view on nature conservation in general and Hong Kong in particular. The concepts and principles of nature conservation will be addressed from a holistic point of view, followed by an investigation of nature conservation practices and their effect on the environment in Hong Kong. The latter shall include legislation, designation and management of the protected areas. Specifically, country, marine parks and geopark are developed to protected terrestrial and marine habitats as well as the associated wildlife, and geodiversity, respectively. Threats to protected areas and their mitigation for sustainability in Hong Kong will also be addressed alongside comparison with overseas experiences. The course does not teach students how to identify the different species of plants, birds, insects, corals or rocks. Instead, it provides a framework for students to look at nature conservation from the perspective of sustainable development, that is incorporating the economic, social, environmental and institutional dimensions of development. The new initiatives of nature conservation in the 21st century in response to globalization and climate change will be addressed towards the end of the course.

Learning Outcome

  • Describe and explain concepts and principles of nature conservation in local and global context.
  • Explore and discuss the process in the formation of local nature conservation policy and practices.
  • Appreciate and differentiate values and benefits of protected areas to the community.
  • Identify sustainable measures in conserving habitats and ecosystems in Hong Kong.
  • Analyze strengths and challenges of various conservation measures applied in Hong Kong respect to sustainable development goals (especially the SDGs 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development) and 15 (Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems) respectively).

Sustainable Development Goals

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