Re ECF Project: ECF 2015-40

Project Title: International Conference on Deriving Environmental Quality Standards for the Protection of Aquatic Ecosystems (EQSPAE – 2016)

Applicant: Prof. Kenneth Mei-yee LEUNG, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Hong Kong

Total Approved Grant: $386,000 or 70% of the total actual expenditure, whichever would be the less.

Duration: 1/1/2016 to 31/12/2016

Project Status/Remarks: On-going

Following the EQSPAE – 2011 Conference, this second conference aims to bring nationally and internationally renowned experts in the field of scientific derivation of environmental quality benchmarks 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 objectives of this proposed conference are:

1. To provide a platform for knowledge transfer and idea exchange with respect to the latest development in scientific derivation and application of environmental quality benchmarks (e.g. water and sediment quality criteria or standards) in China and other parts of the world;
2. To foster national and international collaboration in research and development among scientists, environmental consultants, policy makers and governmental officers engaging in the field of water quality management;
3. To resolve some of the pressing practical issues in the establishment and application of environmental quality benchmarks;
4. To identify knowledge gaps and prioritize emerging research areas in the field; and
5. To train young scientists and environmental practitioners on how to derive and apply environmental quality benchmarks for water quality management.

Summary of the Findings/Outcomes:
To be available upon completion of the project