> Foreword - Mr. Elvis Au
> Foreword - Professor K C Lam
Professor K C Lam
Chairman, EIA Sub-committee, The Advisory Council on the
the coming into force of the EIA Ordinance on 1 April 1998,
the Advisory Council on Environment (ACE) has gained a statutory
role in the Environmental Impact Assessment process in Hong
Kong. During the first two years of the operation of the Ordinance,
the ACE EIA Sub-committee reviewed some 39 EIA reports and
submitted their deliberations, findings and recommendations
to the Council and the administration.
Sub-committee is pleased to have a role in the EIA process.
In discharging our duties, we have strived to be efficient,
independent and to add value to the projects concerned. We
shall continue to offer views on how environmental problems
can be preempted, and alignments, designs and constructing
methods modified to achieve the best environmental results.
enhance the effectiveness of the EIA system in Hong Kong,
the Sub-committee has encouraged early focus on potential
environmental problems, better transparency, and greater public
participation in the EIA process. The Sub-committee also promotes
the strengthening of post-decision environmental monitoring
and auditing, believing that proponents should be recognized
for their actions, both good and bad.
endorse, or not to endorse; that is the question!" At
times, deliberations of the ACE EIA Sub-committee were almost
like a marathon. No single view or report was taken lightly
for we are answerable not only to the community of today,
but also to the generation of tomorrow. As we step into the
new millennium, we look forward to working with all parties
concerned to further enhance the EIA process so that we can
make Hong Kong a green and clean model city of the world.
Chairman, ACE-EIA Sub-committee