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Exploring IPO at HKUST

Date & Time:
25 November 2017, Saturday 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Venue :
Library, HKUST
Language :
Cantonese
Enquiry :

Ms Wing Kwong, Tel: 2358 5823, Email: wskwong@ust.hk

Remarks :

Online Registration: goo.gl/y1xkCF

 

Interdisciplinary Programs Office (IPO) offers 4 undergraduate programs including Dual Degree Program in Technology &  Management (T&M-DDP), Risk Management & Business Intelligence Program (RMBI), Environmental Management & Technology Program (EVMT), and Individualized Interdisciplinary Major Program (IIM).  Come join the event and chat with our current students and alumni.  Let’s Looking into IPO together to discover the uniqueness of the above Programs and how they lead you to achieve your dream.    

冬營遊: 大澳漁民樂 Tai O: Sustainable Community

Date & Time:
3-5 January 2018*
Venue :
HKFYG Jockey Club Sai Kung Outdoor Training Camp
Language :
Cantonese
Enquiry :

Ms Sherman Lo, Tel: 2358-5927, Email: shermanlo@ust.hk
 

Remarks :

Please register via http://envr.ust.hk/registration_wintercamp2018.html by 23:59, 21 November 2017, Tuesday

 

The theme of this year's Winter Camp is Tai O: Sustainable Community and we will be visiting Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park and Tai O. In Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park, a protected area that contains 60 types of hard coral and 120 species of coral, students will have chance to experience the beauty of marine life and learn more about the local marine diversity. Also known as the "Venice of Hong Kong" or “Venice of the Orient”, Tai O is a small historical fishing village which is popular for its seafood, stilt-houses and fishing culture. On top of all these, a variety of mangroves can be found in the river mouth and the swamps there. We hope students would be able to analyze critically from different stakeholder perspectives on developing Tai O as a sustainable community at the end of the camp.

Fee: HK$500^
Quota: 30#

* A total of 8 Hours will be counted for HLTH 1010

^ Each successful applicant should pay a deposit of HK$1,100 to confirm his/her participation. Upon successful completion of the Winter Camp, a refund of HK$600 will be made to each participant. NO refund will be made to students who fail to complete the whole activity.
# Priority will be given to Year 1 students. The Division of Environment and Sustainability reserves the right to make the final decision if the number of applications exceeds enrollment quota.

IPP Research Seminar: Minimizing Ecological Damage from Road Improvement in Tropical Forests

Date & Time:
23 November 2017, Thursday 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Venue :
Room 5619 (Lift 31, 32), Academic Building, HKUST
Speaker :
Dr. Susmita DASGUPTA Lead Environmental Economist, Environment and Energy Team, Development Research Group, The World Bank
Language :
English
Enquiry :
Remarks :

Free and Open to the Public.

Registration begins at 3:00pm. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

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This paper develops and applies a spatial econometric model that links road upgrading to forest clearing and biodiversity loss in the moist tropical forests of Bolivia, Cameroon and Myanmar. Using 250 m cells, the model estimates the relationship between the rate of forest clearing in a cell and its distance to the closest point on the nearest road; the transport distance-minimizing route to the nearest urban market, with an explicit control for road quality; terrain elevation and slope; the agricultural opportunity value of the land; and its legal protection status. The model takes into account spatial autocorrelation and simultaneity in the relationship between forest clearing and road location.

The findings emphasize the road transport results; forest clearing is highly responsive to the distance to the nearest urban market which comprises of the distance of the cell to the closest point on the nearest road and the transport distance-minimizing route to the nearest urban market the distance from market. The responsiveness of forest clearing to distance from the nearest market is lower for primary road links, because their higher average vehicle speeds and lower maintenance costs reduce the effect of distance to market. Using the estimated forest clearing response elasticities and a composite biodiversity indicator, this research computes an index of expected biodiversity loss from upgrading secondary roads to primary status in each 250 m cell. The results identify areas in Bolivia, Cameroon and Myanmar where high expected biodiversity losses may warrant additional protection as road upgrading continues. In addition, they provide ecological risk ratings for individual road corridors that can inform environmentally-sensitive infrastructure investment programs.

As road upgrading will inevitably accompany rural development programs in many countries, the methodology developed in this paper has potential for more widespread application in all moist tropical forest countries.

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