Re ECF Project: 2010-01

Project Title: First International Conference on Sustainable Urbanisation (ICSU 2010)

Applicant: Prof. Jin-Guang TENG of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Total Approved Grant: $250,000

Duration: 15/12/2010 to 17/12/2010 (3-day conference)

Project Status/Remarks: Completed

The project aims to organise the First International Conference on Sustainable Urbanization for the international scientific/enginnering community to examine the challenges that arise from the process of urbanization, and to find effective solutions in order to ensure sustainable urbanization including sustainable operation and management of urbanized areas.

Summary of the Findings/Outcomes:
Massive high-density urbanization programmes are under way in many parts of the world, often in regions where the available land and resources are limited relative to the size of the population (e.g. the Chinese mainland). This Conference provided an international forum for the scientific/engineering community to examine various challenges that arise from high-density urbanization and to find effective solutions to ensure a sustainable process of urbanization.

Four prominent international and local experts delivered keynote speeches at the Conference. They included the Vice Minister of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People's Republic of China, Dr Qiu Baoxing; the Secretary for Development of Hong Kong's Development Bureau, Mrs Carrie Lam; Cheng Yuet-ngor; Professor Martin A. Green of the University of New South Wales, Australia; and the Chairman of Ruentex Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd., Dr Willie Lai. The Honourable Ms Marjorie Yang, Council Chairman of PolyU, also delivered a speech at the banquet on the second day of the Conference.

Hong Kong is a shining example of high-density urbanization. Indeed, given its unique urbanization experience and geographical location, Hong Kong is well-positioned to become a world leader in the technologies and processes for sustainable urbanization.

We believe the Conference could contribute to making Hong Kong a greener city and a knowledge/technology centre in this important area.