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January
Community Involvement Committee on Greening First Meeting

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The first meeting of the Community Involvement Committee (CIC) on Greening was held today (January 28) to map out a plan among representatives from relevant Government departments and experts and professionals in the field to further promote greening in Hong Kong.

The CIC on Greening is one of the four committees formed under the Steering Committee on Greening which was an inter-departmental committee headed by the Permanent Secretary for Environment, Transport and Works (Transport and Works) to steer the Government's policy of greening.

The other committees include the Public Works Committee on Greening, the Manual and Standards Committee on Greening and the Maintenance Committee on Greening.

Welcoming members of the CIC on Greening at its inaugural meeting today, the Secretary for Home Affairs, Dr Patrick Ho Chi-ping, said, as set out in this year's Policy Address, the Government wished to work with the private sector to draw up incentives to encourage greening particularly in the urban areas and in private sector building projects.

"We wish to draw up programmes for greening projects in consultation with the local community. After the setting up of the CIC on Greening, we plan to form a panel of advisors on greening and organise a brainstorming session on greening later in the year."

He added that the CIC on Greening will work on the strategic direction of turning Hong Kong into a Green Metropolis achieving the objectives of lifting the city mood, promoting community building, educating the public and enhancing their awareness of nature, and reinforcing local community economy initiatives.

The Chairman of the CIC on Greening, Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs, Ms Shelley Lee, said the main responsibilities of the committee were to work with the private sector to identify greening opportunities for the consideration by the Steering Committee on Greening, and monitor their implementation.

"The CIC on Greening also wants to enlist community support through civic education, publicity and promotional campaign."

Today's CIC on Greening meeting discussed the proposed Community Greening Programme in 2003. Members agreed to the following new initiatives:

-Beautification of footbridges to improve cityscape

-Community Garden Scheme

-Scented Gardens

-"One Person, One Flower" Scheme

-Queen Crape Myrtle Festival

-Best Landscape Award for private developments

-Adopt a Vintage Tree for the Chest and the Community

End/Tuesday, January 28, 2003

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