HK GeoPark & UNESCO: Villages Heritage Art Project
Hong Kong’s modern cityscape belies its wealth of natural green resources. Our bustling metropolis has more than 40 per cent of its land designated as protected green areas. In addition to providing a habitat for our myriad flora and fauna, this verdant countryside is home to world-class rock formations and other interesting geological features. Most of these sites are in close proximity to the city, so visitors can easily reach them for a pleasurable and educational outdoor experience.
In 2009, Hong Kong Geopark became a National Geopark, in 2011, it was accepted as a member of the Global Geoparks Network (GGN), and in 2015, it was renamed “Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark”. By establishing a UNESCO global geopark here in Hong Kong, we can pursue the objectives of conservation, education and sustainable development in the geopark. The work focus includes local engagement, improvement of rural livelihoods, science popularisation and geotourism.
Secretary for the Environment, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region