Topic: How do policymakers in Hong Kong think of local adaptation policy? A survey report
Speaker: Mr. Samuel Guihua WANG
PhD Student, The Kadoorie Institute, The University of Hong Kong
Date: 2 March 2015 (Monday)
Time: 12:45 - 13:45
Venue: KKLG106, LG1 Floor, K. K. Leung Building, The University of Hong Kong (HKU)
Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate-induced impacts have been widely recognized and adopted to address climate change threats, not only among nations but also at the city level. Cities are increasingly mainstreaming climate change adaptive planning and action into their policy frameworks. However, these efforts are meeting new challenges. Building resilience at the city level has emerged as a key element in the policy agenda and as a focus for research.
Taking Hong Kong as a case study, this study brings together the insights and experience of experts and policymakers in Hong Kong to better understand local adaptation issues. By adopting a quantitative and qualitative methodology, this study investigates experts' and policymakers’ perceptions of local climate change threats, their understanding of institutional and social barriers to and drivers of local adaptive planning and actions, and their suggestions for formulating effective adaption policies for Hong Kong. From the standpoint of resilience, the results of this study reveal some significant accomplishments and persistent challenges.
About the Speaker:
Samuel Wang joined The Kadoorie Institute in 2010 after graduating with a Master’s Degree (research-based programme) in Environmental Management from Xiamen University, China. He has a strong interest in sustainable development and resources management in coastal regions. He has been working with Prof. Peter Hills on climate change adaptation policy-making at the city level for his PhD.