Living Water & Community Revitalization – An Agricultural-led Action, Engagement and Incubation Programme at Lai Chi Wo (Sustainable Lai Chi Wo Programme)

12.07.2018

  • SUBMITTED ORGANISATION :

  • Policy for Sustainability Lab of the Faculty of Social Sciences at The University of Hong Kong

  • DATE OF SUBMISSION :

  • 12/07/2018

  • REGION :

  • Eastern Asia

  • COUNTRY :

  • China (Lai Chi Wo, Hong Kong)

  • SUMMARY :

  • To combat the rapid loss of village culture and rural environment and communities amid urbanization in Asia, Policy for Sustainability Lab launched the Sustainable Lai Chi Wo Programme to revitalize the desolate, remote traditional farming landscape at Lai Chi Wo with a view to developing a sustainable rural revitalization model.

  • KEYWORD :

  • farming rehabilitation, eco-agriculture, community revitalization, rural-urban collaboration, sustainable development

  • AUTHOR:

  • Policy for Sustainability Lab of the Faculty of Social Sciences at The University of Hong Kong

  • LINK:

  • http://www.socsc.hku.hk/psl/laichiwo/

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Background

Hong Kong is a vibrant city located at the south-eastern tip of China, covering a total area of 1106.34km2 with a population of approximately 7.34 million (as at 2016). It is famously known as a bustling metropolis with highly developed urban landscapes and vibrant economic activities. What has often been overlooked, though, is that over 75% of the land in the territory is actually covered by green and rural areas, including more than 700 villages therein. These rural areas and the traditional agricultural village culture are an integral part of the socio-ecological landscape of Hong Kong, defining the historical and cultural characteristics of the city. However, in the past decades, there has been a rapid decline of rural population amid rapid urbanisation and modernisation. The pre-revitalized Lai Chi Wo is a typical case in point. As an effort to combat the rapid loss of village culture and rural environment and communities in Hong Kong and beyond, Policy for Sustainability Lab (PSL) of the Faculty of Social Sciences at The University of Hong Kong (HKU), with the support from the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, the local villagers and other nonprofits, launched the multi-year “Living Water & Community Revitalization – An Agricultural-led Action, Engagement and Incubation Programme at Lai Chi Wo” (the Sustainable Lai Chi Wo Programme) in 2013. The Programme was successfully completed in September 2017, and entered into a new phase titled “HSBC Rural Sustainability”. This case study focuses on the Sustainable Lai Chi Wo Programme (2013-2017) which was an action project that sought to replenish and revitalize the disappearing social and natural capital of the desolate, remote traditional farming landscape at the Lai Chi Wo Village in Hong Kong, with a view to developing a sustainable model for rural revitalization for Hong Kong, Greater China and beyond.

Overview of Lai Chi Wo Village and the surrounding (© Kin-Ming Lau) Socioeconomic and Environmental Characteristics of

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