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First meeting of Hong Kong/Guangdong Joint Liaison Group on Combating Climate Change held in Guangzhou (with photos)

     The Hong Kong/Guangdong Joint Liaison Group on Combating Climate Change (JLGCCC) held its first meeting in Guangzhou today (May 21). The meeting was jointly held by the Guangdong Development and Reform Commission (GDDRC) and the Environment Bureau, as directed by the Director of the GDDRC, Mr Li Chunhong, and the Secretary for the Environment of Hong Kong, Mr Edward Yau. Both sides discussed and endorsed at the meeting the terms of reference and modus operandi of the JLGCCC, and agreed a work plan on combating climate change for 2012-13.

     The HKSAR Government and the Guangdong Provincial Government signed the "Co-operation Agreement between Hong Kong and Guangdong on Combating Climate Change" at the 14th Plenary of the Hong Kong/Guangdong Co-operation Joint Conference (HKGDCJC) in August 2011. To take forward the Co-operation Agreement, the two sides set up the JLGCCC under the HKGDCJC to co-operate on combating climate change, co-ordinate the relevant measures and activities, as well as promote related scientific research and technology development. The JLGCCC will report progress of its work to the HKGDCJC annually.

     Both sides agreed at the meeting to set up two working groups under the JLGCCC to initiate and take forward co-operation initiatives and enhance exchanges on adaptation to climate change impacts and mitigation measures respectively. The work plan for 2012-13 mainly includes:

- to study the establishment of an information exchange mechanism between the two governments on severe climate events, and embark upon exchanges on climate projection techniques development in furtherance of climate change monitoring and research at both places;

- to jointly organise a seminar to be held in Hong Kong on climate change adaptation targeting at the commercial and financial sectors, with a view to raising the trades' awareness and promoting exchanges and discussions on adaptation strategies and measures; and

- to jointly organise a technical seminar on renewable energy and electric vehicles to explore development and application co-operation opportunities in these areas as well as to promote exchanges on technologies and the comparative edges of the two places.

     The major government bureaux and departments which attended the meeting today included, from Guangdong, the GDDRC, the Provincial Economic and Information Commission, the Provincial Department of Science and Technology and the Provincial Meteorological Bureau; and from Hong Kong, the Environment Bureau, the Environmental Protection Department, the Hong Kong Observatory and the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department. Depending on future work and initiatives, the JLGCCC will expand its membership on a need basis.

Ends/Monday, May 21, 2012
Issued at HKT 20:17


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