Re ECF Project: 2011-05

Project Title: International Conference on Deriving Environmental Quality Standards for the Protection of Aquatic Ecosystems (EQSPAE – 2011)

Applicant: Dr. Kenneth Mei-yee LEUNG of The University of Hong Kong

Total Approved Grant: $495,800 (or 70% of the total actual expenditure, whichever the less)

Duration: 22/8/2011 to 21/2/2013

Project Status/Remarks: Completed

Scope:
The project aims to bring internationally renowned experts in the field of Environmental Quality Standard (EQS) derivation to Hong Kong where they will share their knowledge and expertise on the latest development in the field with our local experts and environmental practitioners from government, academia and private sector. The conference will be held on 3-7 December 2011.

Summary of the Findings/Outcomes:
The first International Conference on Deriving Environmental Quality Standards (EQS) for the Protection of Aquatic Ecosystems (EQSPAE-2011) had been successfully conducted during 3-7 December 2011 at the University of Hong Kong. With the ECF Conference Grant, leading experts in the field of EQS derivation and application from North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, ASEAN Countries, Korea and Mainland China were brought to share their expertise and experience at this conference. The conference provided an essential platform for international, regional and local experts from government, academia and the environmental sector to exchange their knowledge and experience in EQS derivation and water quality management, build professional network and establish research collaboration. Two training workshops were also provided on 3 December 2011 for local environmental practitioners and postgraduate students to acquire the knowledge and skills in derivation and application of water or sediment quality guidelines. There were 84 and 144 delegates from over 14 countries participating one of the two workshops and the conference, respectively. The outcomes of the syndicate discussions and selected papers will be published in a special issue of an international peer review journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research in 2013.