Society & Sustainability

HKU Rural Sustainability Programme wins UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation

The University of Hong Kong (HKU), Pui Shing Tong of Lai Chi Wo Village, and HSBC are proud to announce that Lai Chi Wo Rural Cultural Landscape has received the inaugural Special Recognition for Sustainable Development in this year’s UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

The award application is built on “HSBC Rural Sustainability Programme” (the Project) which is initiated and implemented by the Centre for Civil Society and Governance (CCSG) at HKU since 2013 with full support from the Lai Chi Wo Village and HSBC. The achievement marked the advancement of the Project in building an innovative rural sustainability model that sets a benchmark for Hong Kong and beyond.

The award is a due recognition of the collaborative efforts of many individuals and organisations who share a strong commitment to sustainability and are undaunted to act on the commitment. On behalf of the project team, CCSG Director Professor Wai-Fung LAM remarked that “The Lai Chi Wo model takes the interweaving relationships between the social and ecological systems seriously; its success demonstrates the power of a collaborative approach to rural sustainability.”

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