Secretary for the Environment KS Wong today chaired the second meeting of the Hong Kong-Guangdong Joint Working Group on Environmental Protection & Combating Climate Change.
Mr Wong co-chaired the meeting with Department of Ecology & Environment of Guangdong Province Director-General Lu Xiulu through video conferencing to review the progress of the collaboration between the two sides in 2020.
The past year saw Hong Kong and Guangdong working closely together on various fronts, including improving the air quality in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region, protecting the water environment, enhancing co-operation in forestry and marine resources conservation as well as combating climate change.
Both places also endorsed the work plan for 2021. They will launch a three-year project to identify the causes of ozone formation in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and alleviate regional ozone pollution.
Both sides will also strengthen collaboration to improve the capability of forecasting the PRD region’s air quality, explore the establishment of a network to monitor air pollution in the bay area, promote airport green facilities in both places and formulate relevant pollution prevention strategies.
Hong Kong and Guangdong will continue to promote and deepen exchanges and co-operation on the mitigation and adaptation of climate change and the relevant scientific research.
They will also jointly explore technologies to monitor marine refuse and tackle marine environmental incidents, with a view to extending co-operation in marine environmental management among neighbouring cities in the region.
Regarding ecological conservation, both places will enhance collaboration in the development, management, conservation, staff training, publicity and education of nature reserves. The two sides will continue co-operation in the sustainable development of marine resources and conservation of ecosystems.