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SDEV visits urban redevelopment projects in Malmo and Copenhagen (with photos)

     The Secretary for Development, Mrs Carrie Lam, visited a number of urban redevelopment projects in Malmo, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark over the past two days after attending the World Sustainable Building Conference 2011 (SB11) in Helsinki, Finland.

     On arriving in Malmo yesterday (October 20, Malmo time), Mrs Lam visited Western Harbour and Eco-city Augustenborg to learn more about the city's efforts in urban regeneration. Malmo's Western Harbour waterfront is being transformed from an old industrial area into a sustainable and quality living area with premises for residential, office, commercial and education purposes.

     Eco-city Augustenborg is an urban redevelopment project aimed at rejuvenating the residential area of Augustenborg in a sustainable way by substantially greening the area and improving the design and energy efficiency of buildings.

     She also toured Malmo Town Hall to discover how this historic building constructed in the Middle Ages has been preserved and revitalised into a venue for official receptions and other occasions such as weddings.

     In Copenhagen today (October 21, Copenhagen time), Mrs Lam received a briefing on the city's development in public space networks and took a walking tour in the city centre.

     Before concluding her visit, Mrs Lam met officials from the Heritage Agency of Denmark and called on the Chinese Ambassador in Denmark, Mr Xie Hangsheng.

     Mrs Lam will return to Hong Kong tomorrow.

Ends/Friday, October 21, 2011
Issued at HKT 21:52


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