Examples of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in Hong Kong


In Hong Kong, besides the project EIA system that has been well established with more than 15 years of experience, the environmental assessment tool has also been applied to major policies and planning strategies. A key basis for such evaluation is a requirement for information on environmental implications to be included in submissions made to the highest level decision making body, the Executive Council.

This document tries to illustrate how we have been applying the environmental assessment tool at the strategic and regional level. It also indicates how strategic environmental factors have influenced the formulation and selection of strategies and regional development options. With the appropriate strategic environmental input to the decision making process, various potential environmental damages and problems were avoided. All these contribute to the final achievement of maintaining Hong Kong's environmental sustainability.


Case 1 Port and Airport Development Strategy 1989
Case 2 Tseung Kwan O New Town Feasibility Study of Opportunities for Further Development 1989
Case 3 North Lantau Development Plan 1992
Case 4 Railway Development Study 1993
Case 5 North West New Territories (Yuen Long District) Development Statement Study 1994
Case 6 Freight Transport Study 1994
Case 7 Territorial Development Strategy Review 1996
Case 8 Third Comprehensive Transport Study 1999
Case 9 Second Railway Development Strategy 2000
Case 10 Studies on Future Strategic Growth Areas - North Western New Territories and North Eastern New Territories 1999

Environmental Assessment Division
Environmental Protection Department
The Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
27/F, Southorn Centre
130 Hennessy Road
Wanchai, Hong Kong
(fax: 852-2591 0558)


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