Greening the Pearl River Delta

April 29, 2009 // 3:30pm4:45pm

Edward Yau, Secretary for the Environment, Hong Kong SAR

Guangdong Province is China's economic powerhouse. Leading the country in terms of exports and GDP has come at a cost—over the past several years Guangdong Province has recorded its worst air pollution in decades despite continued government promises to address the problem. Guangdong also confronts serious water pollution due to poorly regulated industries and a very low rate of municipal wastewater treatment. In 2006, slightly more than 40 percent (22 million) of Guangdong's rural population did not have access to safe drinking water. These poor air and water quality trends represent serious threats to economic growth and human health in Guangdong and in neighboring Hong Kong. Secretary Yau will talk about Hong Kong's engagement with Guangdong as part of the Hong Kong government's effort to improve the environment in the whole Pearl River Delta (PRD). Guangdong and Hong Kong have agreed to build a "green PRD quality living area." Earlier this year, the National Development and Reform Commission announced the development outline for Guangdong (2008-2020), which sets out the green vision among other aspects of development. Hong Kong is working with Guangdong on the specific aspects of the use of clean energy, cleaner production and circular economy, in addition to the traditional areas of co-operation such as improving air quality and emissions reduction.

Location: 6th Floor Moynihan Board Room

Experts & Staff

More about CEF

  • Mailing List: If you are interested in receiving CEF updates on new events and publications, please enter your information in the "Email Updates" section at the top-right corner of this page.
  • Students: Apply your interests to an internship at the China Environment Forum!
  • Job Seekers: Browse job listings in the field of China and the environment advertised through our network.

Wilson Center Photo Gallery

Browse or share photos from the Wilson Center’s events.

To Attend an Event

Unless otherwise noted:

Meetings listed on this page are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required unless otherwise noted. All meetings take place at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. Please see map and directions. Allow time for routine security procedures. A photo ID is required for entry.

To confirm time and place, contact Maria-Stella Gatzoulis on the day of the event: tel. (202) 691-4188. Check this page for the latest updates and notices.