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District Councillors visit Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark

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District Councillors visit Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark

To promote the UNESCO Global Geoparks concepts of protection, education and sustainable development, Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HKUGGp) team regularly meets with and solicits support from different geopark stakeholders. The District Councils are among the major stakeholders and supporters of the work and initiatives of HKUGGp.

Recently, Councillors from five different District Councils, Yau Tsim Mong, Kwai Tsing, Kwun Tong, the Islands, and Kowloon City, visited the High Island geosite and facilities in HKUGGp, along with the Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation, senior management officials and the Geopark team. The visit to the High Island Geo-trail and Volcano Discovery Centre gave the District Councillors a better understanding of the management work and challenges of the Geopark, including facilities and trail planning, maintenance, visibility enhancement, education, engagement with local communities, the promotion of sustainable development via green tourism and geopark guides, etc. The District Councillors were impressed with the holistic concept of UNESCO Global Geoparks and provided constructive feedback on the work of our department.

HKUGGp is looking forward to more valuable exchanges of views and ideas with District Councillors and other stakeholders in the future.

17 November, 2017


Graduation Ceremony of the Tai Po Capacity Building Programme and Official Reopening of the Tai Po Geoheritage Centre

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Reopening of the Tai Po Geoheritage Centre

To benefit the local community through the promotion of responsible and sustainable geo-tourism, Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HKUGGp), in collaboration with the Environmental Association, provided capacity building opportunities for the local community in Tai Po, training villagers to engage them in the long-term development of the geopark and their community. A total of 24 participants completed the training and are now ready to provide local guided tours on the Ma Shi Chau Nature Trail.

Concurrent with the successful completion of the capacity building programme was the official reopening of the Tai Po Geoheritage Centre after its latest enhancements. To mark this major milestone and to celebrate the graduation of the villagers in their capacity building journey, a graduation and centre reopening ceremony was held on 31 October.

Officiating guests at the ceremony included Mr Wong Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment; the Hon Cheung Hok-ming, Chairman of the Tai Po District Council; Ms. Wong Pik-kiu, Vice-chairman of the Tai Po District Council; Mr. Shek Kwong-yin, Village Representative of Sam Mun Tsai New Village; Mr. Chan Kai-sing, Village Representative of Ap Chau Village; Mr. Chan Ka-chun, Founder of Hong Kong Discovery; Mr. Tam King-wah, CEO of the Sai Kung District Community Centre; Dr. Yau Wing-kwong, CEO of the Environment Association; and Mr. Patrick Lai, Assistant Director (Country and Marine Parks) of the Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department.

Escorted by the trained villagers and the young managers of the Tai Po Geoheritage Centre, the guests were briefed on the cultural heritage of Sam Mun Tsai New Village and the enhanced exhibits in HKUGGp.

"Geoparks is not just about rocks. They are also about people and how they value their natural and cultural heritage. We have been pleased to witness the long-term collaboration among geopark partners since 2009 and to be part of this local engagement effort." said Mr Wong Kam-sing. "May I invite you all to join me in the promotion of sustainable development in the remote countryside and green tourism throughout Hong Kong."

"The geopark concept has provided new ideas and momentum for the development of Sam Mun Tsai New Village. The capacity building programme and the enhanced Tai Po Geoheritage Centre have not only improved infrastructural support in HKUGGp, but also provided a valuable platform for interested members of the local community to participate in geopark activities" said Mr. Shek Kwong-yin. "We hope our collaboration with the HKUGGp team and other geopark partners will continue in the coming years." .

31 October, 2017


"U Green Awards 2017" - My favorite hiking route in Hong Kong

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My favorite hiking route in Hong Kong

Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark's High Island Geo Trail was awarded with the "My favorite hiking route in Hong Kong" during the presentation ceremony held on 9 October 2017.

The "U Green Awards" is an annual event to recognize entrepreneurs and organizations that have shown leadership and made an outstanding contribution in environmental protection and promotion. Waste reduction is the major theme of this year.

27 October, 2017


The 2017 Asia Pacific Geoparks Network Symposium, Zhijindong Cave UNESCO Global Geopark, China

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The 2017 Asia Pacific Geoparks Network Symposium

Recognizing the important role and function of networking and partnerships in the geopark networks, Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HKUGGp) representatives attended the 5th Asia Pacific Geoparks Network (APGN) Symposium in Zhijindong Cave UNESCO Global Geopark in China from 19 to 22 September 2017. The Symposium attracted about 750 people, including members of the UNESCO Global Geopark Council, representatives of the APGN, geopark managers, scientists and government representatives from all over the world.

In addition to two oral presentations by HKUGGp staff at the Symposium, our partners from the Sai Kung District Community Centre and Environment Association made a poster presentation titled “Non-governmental organizations empowering and communicating the local communities in HKUGGp”. Through participating in the Symposium, partners of HKUGGp promoted HKUGGp and shared with other geopark managers their insights on capacity building and local engagement in HKUGGp, and developed a deeper understanding of the latest developments in UNESCO Global Geoparks.

28 September, 2017


Summer Networking between Hong Kong Geopark and Japanese Geoparks

 
Summer Networking between Hong Kong Geopark and Japanese Geoparks

Networking among UNESCO Global Geoparks not only builds momentum for the development of the Global Geoparks Network and Asia Pacific Geoparks Network (APGN); it also plays a valuable role in facilitating knowledge exchange and sharing among members of the geopark networks.

Recognizing the importance of global and regional exchange, Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (Hong Kong Geopark) and the Japanese Geoparks Network co-organized a series of networking activities this summer. This included mutual visits and student exchange programmes between Hong Kong Geopark and our Japanese sister geoparks: Itoigawa UNESCO Global Geopark and Unzen Volcanic Area UNESCO Global Geopark.

Hong Kong Geopark established sister and partnership arrangements with three Japanese Geoparks after its official opening in November 2009. Since then, students from Hong Kong and Japan have visited each other annually. This year, some 140 students and teachers took part, benefiting from geological and cultural exchanges in Hong Kong, Itoigawa and Unzen geoparks. Concurrent with the student-exchange programme, mayors and directors of the respective Tourism Councils in Unzen, Shimabara and Minamishimabara visited Hong Kong Geopark on 17 August 2017.

“It is our great pleasure to have established and to maintain this continuous collaboration with Unzen Volcanic Area UNESCO Global Geopark and Itoigawa UNESCO Global Geopark,” said a spokesman for Hong Kong Geopark. “By partnering with our sister geoparks and other counterparts in the APGN, Hong Kong Geopark will continue to foster our role as a super-connector between Japan and China.”

“Unzen Volcanic Area UNESCO Global Geopark signed a partnership agreement with Hong Kong Geopark in 2013 and a sister agreement in 2016,” said Mr. Furukawa Ryuzaburo, mayor of Shimabara City. “We treasure our relationship and look forward to doing more with HKUGG and to contributing to the success of the UNESCO Global Geoparks.”

28 August, 2017


The first Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark Tourism Magazine is available now!

 
The first Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark Tourism Magazine is available now

To publicize the unique and diversified experiences Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (Hong Kong Geopark) offers and to bring you the best of Hong Kong Geopark in geological, ecological, cultural and historical terms, a local media group has been commissioned to produce and distribute a geo-tourism magazine starting from June 2017. Read the flip-book now in Hong Kong Geopark’s website. English version is online.

The new geo-tourism magazine covers Hong Kong Geopark’s top sights, photo spots and must see attractions, local community activities and local products, geo-tour packages, guide maps, transportation and geopark-themed accommodation, which we and the geopark communities jointly suggested.

Do check it out before exploring Hong Kong Geopark and its spectacular natural and cultural heritage!

28 July, 2017


Hong Kong Geopark School visits Unzen Volcanic Area UNESCO Global Geopark

 
Hong Kong Geopark School visits Unzen Volcanic Area UNESCO Global Geopark

Hong Kong Geopark School - HKCWC Fung Yiu King Memorial Secondary School ― joined the Geoparks Student Exchange Programme in 2017. A group of 36 students and teachers toured Unzen Volcanic Area UNESCO Global Geopark on 24-27 June 2017 for four days of amiable exchange.

During this short trip, Hong Kong students and teachers visited Nagasaki Prefectural Koka High School. By engaging in a series of cultural exchange activities, local and Hong Kong students got to know each better and explored the geology, ecology, culture and historical relics of Unzen together. The Hong Kong group found this journey greatly rewarding. While gaining interesting scientific knowledge, they were also inspired by the local cultural spirit that highlights politeness, diligence and continuous drive for excellence. Such experience is instrumental to future learning and growth.

Representatives of Unzen Volcanic Area UNESCO Global Geopark, Nagasaki Prefectural Koka High School and HKCWC Fung Yiu King Memorial Secondary School all hope that student exchange can become an ongoing effort so more students can be benefited.

4 July, 2017


Cooperation with Geopark Partners and Local Media in Enhancing Visibility of Hong Kong Geopark

 
Cooperation with Geopark Partners and Local Media in Enhancing Visibility of Hong Kong Geopark

Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HKUGGp) adopted a new branding system, which was required after the UNESCO formalization, to clearly indicate that HKUGG is a UNESCO Global Geopark (UGGp) and a member of the Global Geoparks Network, Asia Pacific Geoparks Network and China Geoparks Network.

A local media group has been commissioned to produce and distribute a geo-tourism magazine to the public by the third quarter 2017.

In parallel, UGG-themed road signs, visitor panels and 3-D mural paintings are being installed at major transport hubs including Sai Kung, Ma Liu Shui and Pak Tam Chung.

23 May, 2017


Enhancing the visibility of Hong Kong Geopark with the Sam Mun Tsai Community

 
Enhancing the visibility of Hong Kong Geopark with the Sam Mun Tsai Community

As part of our latest visibility enhancement initiatives, Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HKUGGp) is joining hands with the Environment Association and the Sam Mun Tsai community to improve visitor facilities in Sam Mun Tsai village. This includes beautifying the Tai Po Geoheritage Centre in a mural painting project in February 2017, adding cartoon signs in Sam Mun Tsai village in May 2017, and enhancing the indoor exhibits in the Geoheritage Centre, which are scheduled to be reopened in mid-2017.

For more details on the reopening of the Tai Po Geoheritage Centre, please stay connected with us on the HKUGG website.

17 May, 2017


Refresher Training for Recommended Geopark Guides

 
Refresher Training for Recommended Geopark Guides

Following the first interpretation training course in 2015, Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark invited Ms. Brenda Chan, an experienced practitioner in both the tourism industry and stage performance, to give a refresher training workshop on communication and presentation skills for Recommended Geopark Guides (R2G) on 28 April 2017.

At the workshop, Ms Chan highlighted a number of techniques for providing guide service and showed R2Gs how to prepare tour commentaries with a unique personal style. In group discussions and practical exercises, the R2Gs in different groups took turns presenting various geological phenomena in their own ways and shared their insights with great enthusiasm. Exchanging actively with the instructor and other R2Gs, they also explored interesting and creative interpretation approaches to make geological phenomena easier to understand.

By offering high quality training opportunities to R2Gs and the geopark community, Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark aims to engage the local people in stimulating socio-economic development through the promotion of sustainable geo-tourism.

2 May, 2017


Regional Networking between Chinese and Japanese Geoparks

 
Regional Networking between Chinese and Japanese Geoparks

The first ever official visit and exchange programme between the Chinese Geoparks Network (CGN) and the Japanese Geoparks Network (JGN) was successfully concluded on 19 April. Participating geoparks include Arxan National Geopark, and Taishan, Alxa, Hexigten, and Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geoparks from the CGN; Itoigawa, San’in Kaigan, Unzen Volcanic Area, Muroto and Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geoparks; and Hakusan Tedorigawa, Tateyama Kurobe and Dinosaur Valley Fukui Katsuyama National Geoparks from the JGN.

The seven-day networking programme helped build connections and paved the way for future collaboration between geopark managers of the Global Geoparks Network and the Asia Pacific Geoparks Network.

20 April, 2017


Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark Annual Report 2016

 
Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark of China Annual Report 2016

The Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark Annual (HKUGGp) Report 2016, which summarized our major activities in 2016, has been released.

During the year, HKUGGp, in collaboration with relevant geopark stakeholders, has continued to support, promote and in some cases operate geo-education, geo-conservation, socio-economic and cultural development initiatives. As an active member of the Global Geoparks Network, Asia Pacific Geoparks Network and China Geoparks Network, we recognises the important roles of networking and partnership and are committed to serving as an intellectual hub in the geopark networks.

PDF [ READ REPORT ]

18 April, 2017

 


Hong Kong Geopark Schools visit Japanese Geoparks

 
Hong Kong Geopark Schools visit Japanese Geoparks

Facilitated by Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark and the Japanese Geoparks Network, two student overseas exchange visits, covering Aso UNESCO Global Geopark, Itoigawa UNESCO Global Geopark, Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geopark, Sakurajima-Kinkowan Geopark, San’in Kaigan UNESCO Global Geopark, and Unzen Volcanic Area UNESCO Global Geopark, were conducted in March and April 2017.

Participating in the visit were 68 students and teachers from two Hong Kong Geopark Schools. The visits raised the students’ awareness of the importance of geoconservation and at the same time advanced their knowledge of the Earth and the UNESCO Global Geopark concept.

17 April, 2017

 


Collaboration with the Geopark Communities of Ap Chau

 
Collaboration with the Geopark Communities of Ap Chau

To give local people a sense of pride in their heritage and to cherish local and indigenous knowledge, Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HKUGGp), in collaboration with the Environmental Association, provided capacity building opportunities for about 30 local people from Ap Chau.

The programme covered seminars on HKUGG, the UNESCO Global Geopark concept, tour planning and interpretation skills, as well as group discussions, presentations and field visits, to allow the participants to acquire valuable knowledge and be well-prepared for rising demand from the geo-tourism market.

Upon completion of the capacity-building programme in March 2017, the trained Ap Chau communities were actively engaged in geopark activities and recruited to deliver guided tours and geo-orienteering programmes for geopark schools and the public in Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark starting in April 2017.

13 April, 2017

 


Exploration, discovery and fun at HK SciFest 2017

 
Exploration, discovery and fun at HK SciFest 2017

Organized by the Hong Kong Science Museum, HK SciFest is an annual programme offering a variety of science popularization activities to elevate the public’s understanding of and interest in science and technology.

This year, Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HKUGGp) is grateful to be invited to attend the opening ceremony and to contribute to the “Fun Science Carnival”, the opening event on 18-19 February 2017. Collaborating with our partners, the Hong Kong Science Museum and the Environment Association, we are going to run an interactive science game booth called “Ancient and Modern Organisms Match Up (古今生物對對碰)” and to disseminate earth science messages to our visitors in an easy-to-understand way.

There will be other game booths on biodiversity, light pollution, medicine and health, as well as a science performance, where the public can meet scientists. For details, please visit HK SciFest 2017.

20 February, 2017


Local Communities in Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark Celebrate the Lunar New Year

 
Local Communities in Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark Celebrate the Lunar New Year

Representatives of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark were very pleased to be invited to the Lunar New Year celebration gathering organised by the seven Hing Chuen Yeuk villages on 4 February 2017. The villagers and geopark partners enjoyed welcoming the Year of the Rooster together in the Lai Chi Wo piazza.

Since the launch of the kaito ferry service between Ma Liu Shui and Lai Chi Wo, there have been more visitors, including tourists, to Lai Chi Wo and the surrounding areas, injecting more energy into the rural community. We will continue to support rural revitalisation and promote sustainable local development and geotourism by rejuvenating the ecological, cultural and architectural environment of Lai Chi Wo.

13 February, 2017


3D ground and mural art painting at the Sai Kung Waterfront Promenade

 
3D ground and mural art painting at the SK Waterfront Promenade

Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HKUGGp) has just completed a new 3D ground and mural art painting at the Sai Kung Waterfront Promenade as part of the geopark’s “Visibility-Enhancement Initiative”. The new initiative aims to promote geotourism and geopark visibility and raise awareness of the UNESCO Global Geopark concept.

This 3D painting features the black kite (Milvus migrans), which is a raptor commonly seen in HKUGG. The location of the painting was carefully selected, so that visitors can enjoy our 3D trick art while watching real black kites gliding gracefully in the sky above Yeung Chau (a small wooded island just opposite the Promenade). The artwork also celebrates an annual bird watching event in Sai Kung, the 11th Black Kite Festival. The 3D art painting is intended to enhance HKUGG’s visibility in a creative way and to raise awareness among the general public of the rich biodiversity in HKUGG.

9 January, 2017


Global Geoparks Network becomes a partner in the International Year of Sustainable Tourism

 
International Year of Sustainable Tourism

In its 27th meeting on 6 November 2016, the Global Geoparks Network (GGN) Executive Board decided to become a partner in the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, 2017 (IYST 2017). The main aims of the partnership are (1) to promote UNESCO Global Geoparks (UGGps) as sustainable tourism destinations in the international tourism market, (2) to promote Geoparks collectively and build new links with the tourism industry, and (3) to raise the profile and visibility of UNESCO Global Geoparks. Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, along with other UGGs, will participate in a series of promotional activities under IYST 2017.

The United Nations (UN) has declared 2017 the IYST to recognize the importance of international tourism in fostering better understanding among nationalities and cultures worldwide, thus leading to greater awareness of the rich heritage of the various civilizations, greater appreciation of the inherent value of different cultures, and greater opportunities for peace in the world. The World Tourism Organization is invited to facilitate the organization and implementation of IYST 2017, in collaboration with other relevant parties, including the GGN. IYST 2017 aims to raise awareness of the contribution of sustainable tourism to development among decision-makers and the public, while mobilizing all stakeholders to work together to make tourism a catalyst for positive change.

For more details on the declaration of International Years and IYST 2017, please visit:

http://en.unesco.org/celebrations/international-years

http://www2.unwto.org/tourism4development2017

1 January, 2017


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