UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE
Frederick Lee
Date:
27-Feb-2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue:
Room 829, 8/F, Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road Hong Kong
Title:
Re-defining Hong Kong’s 21st Century Water Policy Challenges: Science, Governance and Planning
Speaker(s):
Dr. Frederick Lee
Executive Director
Centre for Water Technology and Policy
The University of Hong Kong

Abstract:

Accurate and accessible data is sine qua non for conducting informed and inclusive policy formulation and evaluation exercises fruitfully.  Hong Kong’s water data, unfortunately, do not meet a number of science-based criteria.  Recent research efforts focusing on water policy issues have revealed myriad problems pertaining to officially released water-use data.  In addition, imported Dongjiang water from neighboring Guangdong Province has effectively insulated Hong Kong from the impact of periodic droughts since 1982.  Combined with a highly politically autonomous hydro-governance outfit predisposed to prioritizing supply augmentation solutions, a “guaranteed” and seemingly abundant external source has solidified a linear projection-based, business-as-usual approach to structuring our city’s long-term water strategy.  I will examine the question of how several key historical “lock-in” decisions, triggered and reinforced by peculiar colonial-era considerations, have underpinned the water agency’s myopic view of Hong Kong’s water conundrum.  Such an understanding is crucial to dispelling some long-held myths and misconceptions so that we could begin to re-define salient water policy planning challenges for a climate-responsive, conservation-minded, 21st century Hong Kong.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Frederick Lee holds a PhD degree in Urban Planning from MIT.  He is currently Executive Director of the Centre for Water Technology and Policy at HKU; he is also an Associate Director of the Policy for Sustainability Lab in the Faculty of Social Sciences.  Dr. Lee is co-directing a three-year, HK$14.7 million public education project on water sustainability, supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charity Trust.  He is a Fellow at both Civic Exchange and the WYNG Foundation.

 

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