Conservation Forensics Helping to Fight Illegal Wildlife Trafficking
Illegal wildlife trafficking is the fourth most lucrative criminal trade in the world and is estimated to generate up to US$20 billion in illicit revenue a year. Millions of animals and plants are traded every year threatening the survival of many endangered species. With more species on the brink of extinction, illegal profits surging and with no sign that the trade is slowing down, HKU School of Biological Sciences has adopted conservation forensics to provide authorities investigating illegal wildlife trafficking with accurate scientific data to use against traffickers.
Waging War Against Tobacco
It’s never-ending work but we advocate for a ‘tobacco endgame 2027’ towards a smokefree Hong Kong in about 10 years.
Living Longer and Better
Recommendations based on two research projects by the Faculty of Architecture are contributing to the development and provision of housing for the elderly. The report, which won the Faculty Knowledge Exchange Award 2017 of the Faculty of Architecture, is already making an impact.
Making Our City More Walkable for All
Hong Kong is one of the busiest and most compact vertical cities in the world. Yet it is also one of the most walkable urban centres on the planet with networks of interlinked multi-level walkways connecting transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls and residential areas. However, as the ageing population grows and new infrastructure projects and high-rises are squeezed into the city’s already crowded spaces, people who use these walkways are under increasing pressure to find clear, direct routes to their destinations. The HKUrbanLab, the research and knowledge exchange arm of the Faculty of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong, is working with Civic Exchange and the Hong Kong Council of Social Service on a project called ‘Walking with Wheels’, aimed at finding the best barrier-free routes for people in wheelchairs and those with prams and trolleys.
A Light-Weight Achievement
It’s the same cost, same production line, but better performance. The goal is to develop lightweight automotive steel that has much better properties and is easy to use in industrial production.
Taking It to the Street
The Faculty of Dentistry's programme has complemented the work of Project Concern Hong Kong by focusing on prevention to benefit people from low-income backgrounds.
'Review of Animal Welfare Legislation in Hong Kong'
Ms Amanda Whitfort's research provided the first and, to date, only empirical study of the adequacy of animal protection legislation in Hong Kong and was used by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of the HKSAR Government to introduce new legislation controlling the breeding and sale of companion animals in Hong Kong with the enactment of the Public Health (Animals and Birds) (Animal Traders) Regulations 2016. Ms Whitfort received the University’s Knowledge Exchange Excellence Award 2016 for this project.