The 3rd International Conference on Marine Pollution and Ecotoxicology in Hong Kong  

Project Title: The 3rd International Conference on Marine Pollution and Ecotoxicology in Hong Kong

Applicant: The City University of Hong Kong

Total Approved Grant: $22,400

Duration: 10-14 June 2001

Project Status/Remarks: Completed

13 keynote speakers and 150 scientists from Hong Kong and around the world attended the International Conference. The topics covered include various aspects in Ecotoxicology, Pollution Monitoring, Eutrophication and Hypoxia, Trace Organics and Management of the Marine Environment in particular risk assessment and environmental impact assessment.

Summary of the Findings/Outcomes:

Following the highly successful 1st and 2nd Conferences conducted in January 1995 and June 1998, the 3rd International Conference on Marine Pollution and Ecotoxicology was held from 10 to 14 June 2001 at the City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

The conference provides a forum for local and overseas experts to meet and discuss their research findings and the latest advancements in marine pollution and ecotoxicology. The conference also aimed to advance the participants' understanding of global and regional marine pollution issues and research programmes.

The conference was supported by the United Nations Development Program, the Global Environmental Facilities the International Marine Organization, the Regional Programme on Building Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia, the Environment and Conservation Fund, the Natural National Science Foundation of China, Epson Foundation, Australasian Society for Ecotoxicology, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Nanjing University, Xiamen University, Marine Biological Association of Hong Kong, Wei Lun Foundation Limited, Qantas Airways, and Dragonair.

The conference focused on global marine pollution problems and issues, especially ecotoxicology, eutrophication and hypoxia, pollution monitoring, trace organic chemicals and management of the marine environment (including risk assessment and environmental impact assessment), all of which are significant problems in Hong Kong. Some 190 scientists, government officials and consultants from all over the world have attended the conference and presented their latest findings in marine pollution research, as well as techniques at the forefront of pollution monitoring and control, many of which were highly relevant to Hong Kong. The keynote speakers, who are world-renowned pollution scientists, discussed frontier developments in their own fields of expertise. Support from the Environment and Conservation Fund enabled local research students and green groups to participate in this international conference, to learn more about current issues in marine pollution, and to interact with experts in this important area.

Towards the end of this conference, a special session was devoted to a discussion of the development of sediment quality guidelines - a vexed question which many countries were currently attempting to deal with. This session allowed local and overseas experts to discuss future needs and strategies in the light of new findings presented during the conference and the workshop, with a view to help in solving some of the imminent marine pollution problems not only within Hong Kong, but worldwide.

Selected scientific papers presented at the Conference will be published in a special issue of Marine Pollution Bulletin, a reputable international journal. This will greatly raise the profile of Hong Kong in marine pollution research.