Press Releases

Designing Hong Kong Harbour District
Urges a Halt to Legal Proceedings
on Harbour Reclamation

(March 8, 2004, Monday) HONG KONG ---- With the judgment on the Central reclamation due tomorrow, March 9 at 14:15, the organizers of ‘Designing Hong Kong Harbour District’ urge a halt to legal proceedings.

“We urge all parties to seek to avoid further legal proceedings as far as possible,” said Paul Zimmerman, chief-coordinator of the initiative.

“We invite both the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Society of the Protection of the Harbour to actively participate in a public process of consensus building,” Paul continued. “In that way the community together can move forward and redesign the Hong Kong Harbour District on the basis of minimum reclamation and achieving maximum benefits for the community.”

The ‘Designing Hong Kong Harbour District’ initiative includes a series of activities between now and June, including a workshop, conference, forum and seminars.
The Planning Department is already participating as an Advisor, and the Society for the Protection of the Harbour, as a supporter, are both already participating.

Event Calendar:

March 16
Luncheon at the Island Shangri-La
Briefing of key stakeholders in the decision process

Guest speakers:
Mr Albert Lai, Chairman, Hong Kong People's Council for Sustainable Development & Representative of Citizen Envisioning @ Harbour
Mr Bosco Fung, Director of Planning, Hong Kong SAR
Ms Christine Loh, CEO, Civic Exchange

April 15
Luncheon at the J W Marriot Hotel
Briefing of the Business Community organized by
the Chambers of Commerce

May 2
Public Forum at Park Court, Pacific Place
An interactive community event on the design of the Harbour district

May 3, May 4-7
EnviroSeries Conference and Seminars
Island Shangri-La and Pacific Place Conferencing Center
Professionals, experts and decision makers meet to agree
on the way forward


About “Designing Hong Kong Harbour District”

Using the name, “Hong Kong Harbour District”, to embrace Victoria Harbour, the harbour front and surrounding districts on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, the Initiative calls for an integrated plan and public consultation process for the entire Hong Kong Harbour District. The objective is to identify consensus on actionable principles for sustainable planning. The initiative is an open invitation for individuals and parties from the government, business, professional, academic and community groups to partake in the consensus-building process.

The growing list of supporters include …

American Chamber of Commerce, Australian Chamber of Commerce, AGC Design Limited, Business Environment Council, Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Civic Exchange, Clear the Air, Creative Initiatives Foundation, The Experience Group, Fairmont Shipping, Friends of the Harbour, Fringe Club, Gammon Skanska Limited, GML Consulting, Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, Hongkong Land, Island Shangri-la Hotel Hong Kong, Jones Lang LaSalle, The Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1933) Limited, Living Islands Movement, MF Jebsen International, Planning Department HKSAR, Quamnet, Save our Shorelines, Society for Protection of the Harbour, South China Morning Post, Sunday Communications, The Swire Group, The Wharf (Holdings) Limited, Albert Cheng, Erwin Hardy, …

For more information on the initiative, please visit

For press enquiries, please contact:
Ms Loretta Chang, 2234 6424 / 6446 1513,
Ms Helen Li, 2234 6424 / 9735 0164,


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