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Science transfer with the local community in Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark

Science transfer with the local community in Hong Kong Geopark

On 20 November 2015, more than 30 students from St. Paul’s Secondary School joined a field trip to the Northeast New Territories Sedimentary Rock Region of Hong Kong Geopark. They first visited the ancient Hakka village of Lai Chi Wo, guided by local villager David Tsang, where they learnt about Hakka culture and heritage. This was followed by a visit to the primeval Heritiera woods, and eco-agriculture and organic farming sites worked by local villagers and volunteers. The students were excited to see the famous Devil’s Fist and learn how it was formed. After lunch on Kat O, they landed on Ap Chau, where they learnt the story of the rocks there through touching and observing them.

One of the students, Mary Luk, reflected, “The most impressive part to most of us was the tour to Ap Chau. We could feel the shells on the beach crunching and crackling beneath our feet and touch the sedimentary rock (mainly breccia) on this distinctive, little duck-shaped island. Along with the “eye” sea arc, I found it amazing that everything I saw could tell a story, a story of changes in the Earth through the ages.. The geopark definitely means more than the valuable unique rock features and landforms there. We were most grateful to join the field trip to the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark of China.”

20 November, 2015

Shimabara Food Fest in Hong Kong

Shimabara Food Fest in Hong Kong

To promote local food products from Shimabara, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan, a food fair was organized in Hong Kong from 16 to 28 October 2015.

Representatives of Hong Kong Global Geopark of China had the honour to attend the promotion ceremony with the Mayor of Shimabara City, Mr. Ryuzaburo Furukawa, and the Deputy Consul-General of Japan, Mr. Masaru Igawahara, on 22 October 2015. “Through collaborative effort and special packaging, the promotion of sustainably sourced local food as a global geopark product for visitors can not only boost socio-economic development, but also increase the visibility of global geoparks,” said a representative of Hong Kong Geopark.

“The 2015 Student-Exchange Programme conducted with the Hong Kong Geopark team has deepened our understanding of the Chinese Geoparks Network. It is our great pleasure to have established this continuous collaboration with Hong Kong Geopark,” Mr. Ryuzaburo Furukawa said.

Hong Kong Global Geopark of China signed a cooperation agreement with Unzen Volcanic Area Global Geopark, Shimabara, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan, on 15 June 2013. The agreement strengthened the existing relationship between the two geoparks and has facilitated mutual promotion of the sustainable development of geo-tourism, geo-education and geo-heritage in the two geoparks.

26 October, 2015

Kick-off Ceremony for North District Signature Project


A representative of Hong Kong Global Geopark of China was invited to attend the kick-off ceremony for the North District Signature Project on 26 September 2015.

To enhance local engagement and promote geo-tourism, Hong Kong Geopark is joining hands with the North District Council to take forward a Signature Project in the geopark. The project includes the conversion of an old rural school to an education centre, which will serve as a new focal point for geopark visitors, the reconstruction of an observation area at Lai Chi Wo, the construction of a new hiking trail overlooking Yan Chau Tong Marine Park, and other minor improvement works in the North District.

The project will not only improve infrastructural support and accessibility to Hong Kong Geopark, but also provide opportunities for interested local communities to participate in geopark initiatives and community involvement activities.

“Through collaborative effort and a participatory approach, the Signature Project will serve as a valuable platform to better engage local communities and support sustainable socio-economic development in Hong Kong Geopark,” said a representative of Hong Kong Geopark.

15 October, 2015

Hong Kong Geopark partners with its sister Geoparks in the Asia Pacific Geoparks Network

Hong Kong Geopark partners with its sister Geoparks in the Asia Pacific Geoparks Network

On 21-24 August 2015, arepresentative of Hong Kong Global Geopark of China (HKGP) was invited to visit Wudalianchi Global Geopark, one of HKGP's sister geoparks in the Mainland to share his insights on geopark management with the geopark managers there. Sharing sessions entitled "Geopark Concept, Visibility and Guidelines" and "Construction of a good management system" were delivered during the visit. Field officers from the protected areas of Hong Kong took the opportunity to visit a number of geosites in Wudalianchi and to acquire basic knowledge on volcanology.

Concurrent with the Wudalinchi visit was the fifth student-exchange programme in Hong Kong. Jointly organised by HKGP and Itoigawa Global Geopark of Japan, another sister geopark in the Asia Pacific region, this year's summer programme brought together students from Itoigawa Geopark and four Hong Kong Geopark Schools.

"These sistering activities not only provide a lively intellectual platform to review and share information between our sister geoparks, but also reflect the growth of the China Geoparks Network and the Asia Pacific Geoparks Network," said a representative of HKGP. "HKGP will continue to dedicate its efforts to bridging East and West and to providing our geopark partners with a unique blend of international exposure."

2015 Student Exchange Programme Report PDF

24 August, 2015

Networking with Japanese Geoparks


A representative of Hong Kong Global Geopark of China was invited to visit three Japanese geoparks, Choshi Geopark, Izu Geopark and Oki Island Global Geopark, where he shared his insights on the management of Hong Kong Global Geopark with local community and geopark managers from 27 July to 5 August 2015.

The Hong Kong Geopark representative said he was honoured to be invited to work with the Japanese geoparks. "The Asia Pacific Geoparks Network is a valuable platform for different geoparks in the region to exchange knowledge and popularize earth science. The interaction with and site visits to the Japanese geoparks, along with the e-classroom conducted with the Hong Kong Geopark team, has deepened our understanding of the Japanese Geoparks Network."

"The mutual exchange between Hong Kong Geopark and the Japanese geoparks has strengthened the relationship between the two geoparks," said Mr. Kazuhiro Nobe, Office Head of the Oki Island Global Geopark Promotion Committee. "We look forward to continuing to work with Hong Kong Geopark as partners in the Global Geoparks Network."

10 August, 2015

Seminar on Local Hakka Culture and Dialect


Hong Kong Global Geopark recently invited Dr. Stephen Cheung to give a talk on local Hakka culture and Hakka dialect for 20 Recommended Geopark Guides (R2Gs). Dr Cheung’s academic specialty is Musicology and Cultural Studies, and he is the acting head of the Graduate Education Centre at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He discussed with R2Gs the topics of local Hakka cuisine, houses and festivals. He also shared his experiences as a Hakkanese and his research on traditional Hakka songs. This talk widened the R2Gs’ understanding of the origins of the Hong Kong’s Hakka people, their migration history and the development of their unique culture.

29 July, 2015

Engaging Hong Kong students in the science transfer process


The Asia Pacific Geoparks Network (APGN) Student Exchange Programme, a signature science-popularization programme co-organized by Hong Kong Global Geopark of China and the Japan Geoparks Network (JGN), concluded successfully on 3 July 2015.

Thanks to the support of the APGN and the efforts of the JGN, around 30 student ambassadors from Hong Kong Geopark Schools enjoyed a unique opportunity to explore the social, geological and the cultural history of Japan from 28 June to 3 July 2015.

After the tour, the student ambassadors returned to their geopark schools and offered virtual tours to their schoolmates who did not have the chance to join the Programme this summer, sharing their excitement and knowledge acquired during the visit.

Blending earth science and cultural exchange with our counterparts in Japan, the post-visit sharing sessions in Hong Kong Geopark Schools fostered an active dialogue between the student ambassadors and their teachers and schoolmates on issues such as natural hazards and their effect on communities, the arts, and cultural differences between Hong Kong and Japan.

“The APGN is a valuable science-popularization platform for our young people. By working alongside our partners in Japan and sharing their stories after joining the student-exchange programme, the students learn more about themselves and the natural world around them,” a spokesman of Hong Kong Geopark said.

“It was encouraging to see so many students benefit from the APGN Student-Exchange Programme,” said Mr. Eric SO, a teacher from a Hong Kong Geopark School. “The post-tour presentations and contributions by the student ambassadors reinforced the personal contact and earth science curriculum of the Geopark Schools”.

17 July, 2015

Hong Kong's geopark schools to visit global geoparks in Japan


Following months of preparation and two days of briefing sessions, over 30 participants from two geopark schools, Lions College and Law Ting Pong Secondary School, are ready to visit three global geoparks in Japan from 28 June to 3 July 2015.

The programme is actively supported by the Japanese Geoparks Network and Hong Kong Global Geopark of China, with assistance and collaboration from Hong Kong Geopark's sister geoparks and partners in Japan – Itoigawa Global Geopark, Unzen Volcanic Area Global Geopark and Aso Global Geopark . Students from the two Hong Kong Geopark schools will take the opportunity to visit geo-sites and geopark facilities, and take part in cultural exchange activities with their counterparts in Japan.

"In addition to serving as Hong Kong Geopark ambassadors, the students will have the opportunity to broaden their vision and promote an active learning culture in the Global Geoparks Network," said a spokesman for Hong Kong Geopark.

1 June, 2015

Workshop for Geopark Managers in the Japanese Geoparks Network


With the support of the Asia Pacific Geoparks Network (APGN), a training workshop entitled “6th Japanese Geoparks Network Training Workshop” was held in Japan on 22 May 2015. A representative of Hong Kong Global Geopark of China (HKGP) was invited to help with the workshop and to deliver a lecture on “Image Building and Publicity for Geoparks” to managers of Japanese geoparks.

During the visit, HKGP took the opportunity to conduct a series of networking activities with our sister geoparks and cooperation partners, including Itoigawa Global Geopark, Unzen Volcanic Area Global Geopark and Aso Global Geopark. The upcoming student visit programme involving our mutual visits in July and August 2015 was discussed.

By bringing together geopark managers from the Japanese Geoparks Network, the workshop enabled the participants to share their ideas and knowledge on the management of global geoparks and to support the growth and advancement of the APGN.

26 May, 2015

Science Transfer with Stone Forest (Shilin) Global Geopark, Yunnan  
“Science Transfer with Stone Forest (Shilin) Global Geopark, Yunnan

With guidance and support from the Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR), the MLR General Office of Science Popularization Department and Hong Kong Global Geopark of China (HKGP) co-organised the first Geoscience Capacity Building Programme in March 2015. The Programme attracted representatives from over 25 global geoparks, academic institutes and other science popularization bases, including Stone Forest Global Geopark in Yunnan.

Following the Geoscience Capacity Building Programme, a representative of Hong Kong Global Geopark has been invited to inspect Stone Forest Global Geopark on 25-26 April 2015 before his keynote speech at the “2015 Annual Conference of China Global Geopark”.

“This visit is an extension of the Geoscience Capacity Building Programme,” said a spokesman for HKGP. “It allows us to extend our knowledge exchange and sharing platform to other Chinese geoparks.

During the tour of Stone Forest Geopark, the HKGP representative inspected a number of geosites and their visitor facilities, participated in a sharing session on science-popularization activities, and delivered a lecture titled “Getting to Know Global Geoparks” to promote capacity building and best practices in geopark management.

“HKGP maintains a leadership role in the Asia Pacific Geoparks Network in science-popularization initiatives, such as signage and interpretation systems, science popularization promotion materials, and public education,” said a spokesman for the Management Bureau of Shilin Geopark. “We are grateful to have invited the HKGP representative to inspect Stone Forest Global Geopark.”

27 April, 2015

Earth Day 2015 Activity between Hong Kong Global Geopark and Zigong Global Geopark  
“Earth Day 2015 Activity between Hong Kong Global Geopark and Zigong Global Geopark

In 2009, UNESCO marked April 22nd of each year as the Earth Day to promote earth science and to deliver the messages of environmental concerns and protection.

In Earth Day 2015, Hong Kong Global Geopark and China Zigong Geopark jointly organized a student network exchange activity. Students from The Chinese Foundation Secondary School and Zigong Shuguang Lusheng Experimental School shared their school science popularization activities to each other. Connecting through the internet, they introduced their own culture and local geological resources. Students were enthusiastic to ask and exchange ideas and learnt from others in lively and interactive way.

Both students and teachers have expressed the activity not only broadened their horizons and also strengthened the ties between students from two different places. They are looking forward to organizing similar activity again in the coming future.

24 April, 2015

“Conservation Zone Staff Training Programme” with Sichuan’s Wolong Nature Reserve  
“Conservation Zone Staff Training Programme” with Sichuan’s Wolong Nature Reserve

On 17 April 2015, around 30 delegates from the Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan visited Hong Kong Global Geopark of China (HKGP) under the “Conservation Zone Staff Training Programme”.

During the visit, a representative of Hong Kong Geopark provided the Sichuan delegates with an overview of the integrated protected area system and shared our experience on the protection and management of Hong Kong’s country parks and geopark. The delegates also had guided visits to the Hong Kong Global Geopark Volcano Discovery Centre and the High Island Geo-trail in the Sai Kung Volcanic Rock Region with the Recommended Geopark Guide.

“HKGP is recognized as a role model for the development and management of nature reserves,” said a spokesman from Wolong Nature Reserve. “This familiarization visit to HKGP has enhanced our capacity in the development and management of nature reserves.”

The “Conservation Zone Staff Training Programme” is a joint-event between the Development Bureau of the HKSAR government and the Wolong Natural Reserve, under the post-quake reconstruction projects in the Wolong Nature Reserve. The Training Programme aims at developing the staff’s leadership skills for nature reserve management through training in Hong Kong.

20 April, 2015

International Student Exchange in Hong Kong Global Geopark  
International Student Exchange in Hong Kong Global Geopark

Around 40 students from the winning team at Sweden’s InnoCarnival Skåne, together with 12 science students from Hong Kong Baptist University and three young Hong Kong ambassadors for geo-conservation, gathered in Hong Kong Global Geopark of China on 25 March 2015.

To promote geo-education and sustainable development, Hong Kong Global Geopark of China has been actively pursuing student exchanges between Hong Kong and students around the globe. “This is the first chance for the three young ambassadors to meet the students from Malmo, so they are giving them a guided tour of the High Island Geo-trail in Sai Kung,” said a spokesperson from Hong Kong Geopark. “The visit provides a valuable opportunity for them to develop global vision and to enjoy the benefits of cross-cultural communication.”

“Through programmes like this, Hong Kong Global Geopark not only creates a platform for students from different countries and of different ages to meet and share their experience and ideas, but also promotes a culture of innovation among university students,” said a spokesperson for the Malmo authorities. “We are glad to have this opportunity for students from different backgrounds to gather in Hong Kong Geopark and share their knowledge and experience.”

InnoCarnival Skåne was a new event organised in Malmo, Sweden in November 2014, inspired by the same event organised annually in Hong Kong since 2005. The goal is to provide opportunities for young people to present and discuss ideas and innovations that are economically, ecologically and socially sustainable.

27 March, 2015

Celebrating Chinese New Year in Hong Kong Geopark  
Celebrating Chinese New Year in Hong Kong Geopark

Chinese New Year is the city’s biggest and most colourful festival. Local villages in the Hong Kong geopark have organized grand traditional receptions to celebrate such an important event with their friends and partners.

Hong Kong Geopark is delighted to join the villagers for the Chinese New Year Celebration. The establishment of a geopark should be based on strong community support and local involvement. Hong Kong geopark is committed to co-manage the Hong Kong Geopark with the joint effect from the local communities.

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6 March, 2015


Hong Kong Global Geopark of China Annual Report 2014  
Hong Kong Global Geopark of China Annual Report 2014

The Hong Kong Global Geopark of China Annual Report 2014, which summarized our major activities in 2014, has been released. During the reporting period, Hong Kong Geopark continued to look for new ways to actively participate in the regional and global geopark movements and to achieve continuous improvement for the betterment of the geopark networks. Our continuous partnership and networking with local communities and our counterparts in the geopark networks continued to flourish in 2014.

As an active member of the Global Geoparks Network (GGN), China Geoparks Network and Asia Pacific Geoparks Network, we are committed to serving as an intellectual hub for all three networks, while at the same time preparing fully for our global geopark revalidation, which will take place in 2015.

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30 January, 2015


R2G Geopark Interpretation Workshop  
R2G Geopark 2015 Interpretation Workshop

To enhance the standard of geopark guide services, Hong Kong Global Geopark invited Ms. Brenda Chan, an experienced practitioner in both the tourism industry and stage performance, to give a training workshop on communication and presentation skills for 30 Recommended Geopark Guides (R2G). The workshop covered presentation skills and problem-solving techniques, and included a group discussion and presentation session to allow the R2Gs to learn through sharing and peer review.

In his opening remarks at the workshop, Dr K.M. Yeung, head of Hong Kong Global Geopark, shared with the R2Gs the latest geopark developments and the global geopark revalidation preparation work. He encouraged the R2Gs to continue their good work in advancing their knowledge and skills, including obtaining a tour guide certificate, to get better prepared for increasing demand from the international market.

29 January, 2015


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