> Foreword - Mr. Elvis Au
> Foreword - Professor K C Lam
Assistant Director (Environmental Assessment and Noise)
aim of the EIA Ordinance is to protect the environment as
a whole; the environment for the entire community; the environment
for present and future generations as well as the environment
for sustainable development. To achieve this purpose requires
a genuine and close relationship by all stakeholders including
support and participation from the public with due regard
for the environment.
cases over the past three years, proponents have taken a proactive
approach to look for and explore various alternatives, to
adopt the most environmentally friendly options, and have
exchanges up-front, early dialogue with other stakeholders.
This has proved to be a recipe for success. At the end, these
proponents proceed through the statutory EIA process without
major difficulties and the approval of EIA reports have in
fact assisted them to resolve many other related issues.
first 3 years of the operation of the EIA Ordinance from April
1998 to December 2001, more than 464 applications were submitted
for projects worth over HK$326 billion. 157 project profiles
and 53 EIA reports were exhibited for public comment. 86 EIA
study briefs were issued. 47 EIA reports were approved and
199 environmental permits were issued. Applications that successfully
went through the statutory EIA process cover over 93 kilometres
of highways and roads, 75 kilometres of railways, 355ha of
site formation and development work and 164ha of airport decommissioning
there has been other cases in which proponents and contractors
maintained dialogue with other stakeholders during construction,
thus gaining the confidence and acceptance of other stakeholders
and minimizing environmental impacts.
Ordinance has made the difference for Hong Kong's environment.
Over HK$300 billion in projects have been designed to meet
environmental requirements and over 1 million people are to
be protected from adverse environmental consequences and many
hectares of valuable ecological areas have been saved from
EIA process is a multi-stakeholders' process, involving many
stake-holders such as the project proponents, consultants,
green groups, academics, contractors and general members of
the public. There is surely a need for the parties concerned
to continue to build consensus and partnership throughout
the whole process under the EIAO from the planning stage to
the construction and even operation stage. The ever increasing
demand for infra structure and development in Hong Kong has
led to an ever increasing need for a stronger consensus and
partnership in the implementation of the EIA Ordinance.
of the EIA Ordinance has opened up the entire EIA process
for the public to participate. Both the public and the Advisory
Council on the Environment are now closely involved in the
statutory EIA process. Opportunities for the public to be
involved in the EIA process are now far greater than with
the previous EIA system, and much more than with any other
ordinances in Hong Kong. It is also much more transparent
with all key information readily accessible via the Internet.
The process is one of the most transparent processes in Hong
Kong and in the world.
there is no room for complacency. We are firmly committed
to continued improvement and partnership building in order
to achieve sustainable development in Hong Kong.