Environmental impact assessment in Hong Kong: a comparison study and lessons learnt

Li Yaning Tang, Linda Fan, Meng Ni, Liyin Shen

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Although many studies in developed countries on the practice of EIA have been conducted, there is a lack of similar attention in Hong Kong. This gap in knowledge is addressed in this study which summarises and records the current practice and lessons learned from priority projects. In the case of Hong Kong, this lack of understanding is important, since a significant number of infrastructure projects with applications pending for environmental approvals were delayed, awaiting the court ruling of the judicial review. In this research, the EIA system and practices in Hong Kong were comprehensively reviewed by a comparison study between Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan and Singapore. Then field work of interviews with professionals and focus group meetings with Green Groups were conducted to seek opinions of interviewees and members about the mechanism of EIA. Recommendations on aspects of EIA systems are provided at the end of the paper.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)254-260
Number of pages7
JournalImpact Assessment and Project Appraisal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2016


  • comparison study
  • Environmental impact assessment (EIA)
  • environmental impact system
  • Hong Kong
  • Mainland China
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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