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Field visit for Recommended Geopark Guides (R2G) and R2G operators

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Field visit for Recommended Geopark Guides (R2G) and R2G operators

Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark has been working with various geopark communities, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders to promote natural conservation and conduct innovative rural area management. In Lai Chi Wo, it launched a Chief Executive’s Community Project, named “Lai Chi Wo Hakka Life”, the “Sustainable Lai Chi Wo Programme”, and the “Management Agreement Scheme at Lai Chi Wo”. In addition, the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark “Ap Chau Story Room” was opened on April 8, 2018. These are a few successful examples of innovation and cooperation.

To deepen the understanding of the Recommended Geopark Guides and R2G operators of the Geopark tourist spots in Lai Chi Wo and Ap Chau, the Geopark Division of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department invited the Ap Chau Community and the Policy for Sustainability Lab of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Hong Kong to jointly organise a field visit. The event attracted more than 30 R2Gs and representatives of R2G operators, who benefited from the exchange of ideas and discussions with various related organizations and stakeholders.

8 May, 2018


Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark geoheritage centre opts for renewable energy

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Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark geoheritage centre opts for renewable energy

A new-generation solar panel system was installed in the Tai Po Geoheritage Centre by the Environmental Association, a partner of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, as a model for the application of renewable energy. It will also serve as a showcase for geopark communities to consider renewable energy.

The new-generation system is a set of 14 light-weight solar panels, which can easily be installed on the roof of the building. Even without tilting the angle of the solar panels, the system can achieve 14% to 20% efficiency, generating 1,600 kilowatt-hours per square metre. This will reduce electricity expenses by an estimated 20% and CO2 emissions by 800 kg annually.

23 April, 2018


Ap Chau Story Room opens

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Ap Chau Story Room opens

The Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HKUGGp) Ap Chau Story Room was officially opened on 8 April 2018 and is ready for public visits on Sundays and public holidays starting on 15 April 2018.

Officiating guests at the opening ceremony included Dr. Kirstin Lemon, member of the UNESCO Global Geopark Council; Mr. Wong Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment; Dr. Leung Siu-fai, Director of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department; Mr. So Sai-chi, Chairman of the North District Council; Mrs. Alice Chan, Executive Director of the Travel Industry Council; Mr. Lee Koon-hung, Chairman of the Sha Tau Kok District Rural Committee; Dr. Yau Wing-kong, Chief Executive Officer of the Environment Association; representatives of the Asia Pacific Geoparks Network and the Lions Club; and Ap Chau villagers.

In collaboration with the Ap Chau geopark community on Ap Chau and the Lions Club, an old village school, named Ap Chau Fishermen's Children Primary School, built in 1953, was converted into a new visitor base in HKUGGp. The Ap Chau Story Room, which will be co-managed by the Ap Chau community, the Lions Club and HKUGGp, will serve as a new visitor base to promote HKUGGp and the UNESCO Global Geopark concept, and engage the Ap Chau community in preserving and celebrating the island’s unique geological and cultural heritage.

The Ap Chau Story Room illustrates traditional Tanka culture and heritage, human habitation and the way of life on Ap Chau, and provides basic information about HKUGGp, the various geopark networks it is a member of, and the island’s extraordinary red breccia, which is rare in Hong Kong.

Visitors can start their trip to Ap Chau in the Ap Chau Story Room, where they can explore the informative story board, collections and photo records that make up the rich cultural heritage of Ap Chau. To benefit the geopark community through the promotion of responsible green tourism in HKUGGp, training opportunities were offered to the Ap Chau community in 2017. The graduates are now ready to provide guided tours of the Story Room.

For more information on the Ap Chau Story Room, please visit: http://www.geopark.gov.hk/en_s2f5.htm

13 April, 2018


Promotion of UNESCO Global Geopark branding by Geopark Communities -- Sai Kung Carnival 3.3

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Promotion of UNESCO Global Geopark branding by Geopark Communities

On 3 March 2018, a mega event, titled “Sai Kung Carnival 3.3”, was organized by the geopark communities of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HKUGGp) in Sai Kung to promote UNESCO Global Geopark branding. More than 2,000 people attended the event, which made it lively and memorable.

The event adopted UNESCO Global Geopark as an icon to promote the town of Sai Kung, scenic spots in the Sai Kung district, and key points related to countryside tourism. The event also showcased Sai Kung’s cultural heritage, including traditional art and snacks, Hakka folk songs, and modern art performances presented by local youngsters. The event enhanced the visibility of UNESCO Geopark branding, fostered closer connections between the local community and HKUGGp, and nurtured a sense of community pride among the participants.

The Sai Kung District Community Center, operated by local residents, was the key organizer of the event. Their work is a fine example of local engagement through continuous capacity building, supported by a UNESCO global geopark, to conserve, promote and sustainably develop the natural and cultural heritage of the area.

12 March, 2018


2018 Spring Reception in Lai Chi Wo Village

 
2018 Spring Reception in Lai Chi Wo Village

On 25 February 2018, Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, local communities and other geopark partners gathered at Lai Chi Wo for the biggest cultural festival of the year – the 2018 Spring Reception. Organized by the seven Hing Chuen Yuek villages, this is a day to celebrate Chinese New Year and mark the start of the Year of Dog.

Alongside a number of traditions associated with Chinese New Year, like the kirin dance, this annual Spring Reception offers us an opportunity to send wishes of good luck and to catch up with each other’s news.

“Serving as the management authority of the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, we are pleased to witness the community-led rural revitalisation projects in Lai Chi Wo and are committed to strengthening collaboration with the local communities and other geopark stakeholders in accordance with the UNESCO Global Geopark concept.” said Dr. Leung Siu-fai, Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation. “May I take this chance to wish you all a Happy Chinese New Year!”

28 February, 2018


Getting to Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark with Geopark Hotels

 
Getting to Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark with Geopark Hotels

According to the UNESCO Global Geopark (UGG) concept, a co-management and participatory approach should be adopted in the establishment and management of a UGG. Like many other partners of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HKUGGp), the Geopark Hotels are committed to promoting sustainable geo-tourism and delivering high quality visitor services and products that help promote geopark branding.

For instance, the Geopark Hotels have a new “Explore Lai Chi Wo” package, which features a stay in a geo-themed room at one of the hotels, a tasty Geolicious menu, and a guided geo-tour to Lai Chi Wo, a 300-year-old Hakka village, while their “Sai Kung High Island Geo-trail” package will take you on an enchanted journey to an ancient caldera and a close-up experience with the geopark’s world-unique hexagonal rock columns.

From now until March 2018, visitors can sign up for one of these packages or pick up a new self-guided tour map, prepared by and available at the Geopark Hotels, for an enjoyable exploration of HKUGGp.

The Geopark Hotels, L’hotel Island South and L’hotel élan become partners of HKUGGp in 2010. The lobby and selected rooms of the hotels are decorated with a geopark theme. Geopark videos are broadcast in the hotel lobby and on a dedicated in-room TV channel. The hotels also have a specially-designed geopark menu to help promote geo-conservation and geopark guided tours.

24 January, 2018


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