Hong Kong’s colorful new ‘pocket parks’ are revitalizing public spaces

CNN: Bright pink and scattered with octagonal stools, Portland Street Rest Garden is an Instagrammer’s dream. But this park, wedged between two high rises on a bustling Hong Kong street, isn’t filled with influencers posing for photos: instead, local retirees play checkers on fuchsia gameboards, while elderly neighbors gossip on the rose-colored benches, purple grass…

Policy Recommendations for the HKSAR Chief Executive’s 2022 Policy Address

We believe climate change is the most important issue Hong Kong faces – See Attachment 1.  We therefore recommend the upcoming policy address prioritise action to accelerate decarbonisation and strengthen climate resilience in Hong Kong.   Moreover, as one of the world financial centres, Hong Kong can play a role in mobilizing the finance needed…

Combatting climate change in Hong Kong and beyond – What can be learnt from the latest IPCC reports?

Hong Kong Engineer: Human-induced climate change is causing dangerous, rapid and potentially irreversible disruption to ecosystems, leaving billions around the world highly vulnerable. This is strongly emphasised in the three latest Assessment Reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC is a United Nations body responsible for providing scientific, technical and socio-economic…

Biophilia Design and Biophilic Cities: Can Hong Kong Become One?

Earth.Org: Biophilia design is a new but steadily growing phenomenon around the world. In Hong Kong, the concept is also gaining momentum, but many challenges persist in incorporating nature more fully into existing urban spaces. What lessons can Hong Kong take from other biophilic cities around the world such as Singapore to achieve its development…

Why we need climate justice: prevention isn’t enough when the poor are already suffering from a warming world

SCMP: Human-induced climate change is causing dangerous disruptions to ecosystems and leaving billions around the world highly vulnerable to the consequences, according to the latest report from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report, “Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability”, is a strong wake-up call to what will happen if we don’t act swiftly and…

Climate Change and Public Health: Solving Hong Kong’s Healthcare Crisis

Earth.org: Climate change and public health are interconnected; as climate-related health problems proliferate across the world, healthcare systems around the world are faced with unprecedented challenges. The problems in Hong Kong’s collapsing healthcare system today serve as a perfect lesson for the world; not only do we need to put more effort into building up…

Building capacity to improve Hong Kong a livability and scale new heights in economic development

Orange News: The Finance secretary published the Hong Kong SAR Government’s 2022-2023 Budget. The budget indicated the Government’s commitment to build a liveable city, propel Hong Kong towards our 2050 carbon neutrality target, and promote a green transformation of our economy. Fighting the COVID-19 epidemic is Hong Kong’s current overriding mission. We appreciate the budgetary…

Civic Exchange Recommends the HKSAR for the 2022-23 Budget

2021 was Hong Kong’s warmest year on record. Climate change is starting to impact biodiversity and increase the frequency of extreme weather events. All further net GHG emissions mean rising cost in human suffering and financial losses. Given the urgency, a prime objective of the budget should be to accelerate decarbonisation in  Hong Kong and…

Privately Managed Waterfronts Require Major Management Improvements and Closer Collaboration with the Public, Think Tank Urges

Download Press Release Here   Hong Kong, 18 November 2021 –The HKSAR Government needs a better and more inclusive framework for development and management of the harbourfront, according to a new report published today. To achieve this, the Government should work closely with the public and private sector to develop high quality waterfront open spaces…

Private Development and Management Of Public Open Spaces On The Victoria Harbour Waterfront

  Click here for the presentation More about the speakers Panel speaker list  Francis NGAI  Francis Ngai is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Social Ventures Hong Kong (SVhk). He is also the Founder of Playtao Education, BottLess, HATCH, Sonova and a Co-Founder of Green Monday and RunOurCity. SVhk is an impact organisation focused on innovating social change for Hong Kong’s urban social challenges through…