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What’s the True Value of Our Natural Resources? with Shaun Martin

12th July 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Shaun Martin speaking to a full house at Green Drinks at Cafe 8, on 12 July 2017. Photo by Cosmo Lo for Civic Exchange

The focus of much environmental policy in Hong Kong is on protection – for example, regulating pollution, or preventing damage during construction projects.

There is less interest paid to our natural resources’ actual, positive value – rainwater than can become fresh water, country parks that can promote ecotourism, and trees that can provide shade and absorb pollutants on busy streets.

Shaun Martin, a Civic Exchange 思匯政策研究所 project consultant, published a new paper in June on “ecosystems services,” a term that refers to the value of what nature provides for free. For example, maintenance of mangroves and sand dunes can contribute to the protection of coastlines as well as, or alongside, expensive man-made engineering.

In this Green Drinks talk, Shaun defined what “ecosystems services” are, and how they might be applied to Hong Kong – especially as a new government administration moves ahead on their Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (BSAP) and Climate Action Plan 2030+.

Shaun Martin is a Civic Exchange project consultant who researches ecosystems and biodiversity. He is also an independent environmental consultant, focusing on education. He holds a BSc in Environmental Science from the University of Plymouth and a MSc in Environmental Management from the University of Hong Kong.