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Chp 68, Hong Kong and Guangdong – Forty years champion for the environment

Hong Kong and Guangdong

The Guangdong-Hong Kong relationship is a key aspect of CA’s Mainland China agenda. On 23-24 June 1994, a 9-member delegation from CA went on a goodwill mission to the Environmental Protection Bureau and the Forestry Office of Guangdong. In July CA issued a press statement refuting the allegedly lower environmental standard in the Mainland and urging industrialists not to relocate factories to Guangdong with the aim to move their pollution to the Mainland.

As Hong Kong and the Mainland’s link grew closer after the Handover, more joint infrastructure projects were put on the drawing board. In January 1998, CA sent a letter to the Secretary for Planning Environment and Lands, Bowen Leung, expressing concern about the proposed bridge link via Deep Bay to Shenzhen and the possible impact on the Deep Bay Ramsar Site. The Bureau replied on 3 February reassuring CA that the alignment of the Western Corridor, as the bridge was to be called, would not traverse Inner Deep Bay and the impacts would be examined.

But the Western Corridor was only one of the projects being considered by the Hong Kong Guangdong Environmental Liaison Group formed by the governments of the two sides. A CA paper in April 1998 commenting on the Work Programme of the Liaison Group called for regular audits for the protection of Mirs Bay and Deep Bay to be made known to the public. As the two sides were undertaking the Deep Bay Water Quality Regional Control Strategy Study, CA called for public participation to be made part of the study process. Pollution was another concern, and CA asked that the exchanging of monitoring data should reflect the relationship between source and effect to enable pollution control. A common basis on the calculation of the Air Pollution Index was proposed. On waste management, CA put forward the idea of a community-wide engagement involving government, business, environmental community groups and academics from both sides. Concluding its suggestions was the call for public participation to be built into the cross border liaison mechanism – something which never quite happened ten years on.

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