Net Zero & Nature Positive Theatre (Keynote)

Nature Calls – Working with Business to Build Back Biodiversity

Day 2 : 10:40 – 11:30

As Hong Kong develops and implements its Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for the next 10 years, this panel session addresses the business challenge of accounting for biodiversity and examines local opportunities for innovative public private partnerships.

Speakers

Billy C.H. Hau

School of Biological Sciences, HKU

Principal Lecturer

Billy holds a PhD in forest ecology from The University of Hong Kong (HKU). With a focus on ecological restoration, particularly in degraded tropical East Asia, he is recognized as a terrestrial ecologist and conservationist. In 1998, BILLY founded the Native Tree Nursery of the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) to promote the use of native plant species in forest restoration efforts. Additionally, he is the principal investigator of a 20 ha long-term forest monitoring plot in Hong Kong’s Tai Po Kau Nature Reserve which is part of the Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS) – Forest Global Earth Observatory (ForestGEO) program. ForestGEO monitors and predicts forest responses to climate change on a global scale. His research currently focuses on carbon sequestration by native trees and forests in Hong Kong. He is also an expert in urban biodiversity and has been helping the public and private sector in promoting biodiversity in urban areas.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

I wish to see:

  • Major commitment from the Hong Kong Government in reforesting the extensive degraded hillsides on Hong Kong.
  • A new Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan in Hong Kong which would halt major loss of wetland and other important habitats in Hong Kong.
  • The integration of nature-based solutions in policy making in Hong Kong.

Kate Martin

ADM Capital Foundation

Sustainbable Finance Consultant

A structured finance professional with 30yrs of experience in commercial banking, Kate specialised in identifying financial risks and pricing and structuring hedging solutions to mitigate these risks for infrastructure projects and corporates. She also initiated and set up the derivatives sales and coverage desk for Financial Institution & Investor relationships in her last role at SMBC Capital Markets (Asia) Limited.
Certified in Green & Sustainable finance by the Chartered Banker Institute and having completed Sustainability Leadership at Imperial Business School, she is working as a sustainability consultant, helping companies in Asia to identify their material ESG business risks and opportunities and develop Environmental and Social Management Systems (ESMS).
Kate is currently undertaking a research paper on how Hong Kong can innovate financing for marine conservation for ADM Capital Foundation with the purpose of stimulating more conversation and focus in the public and private sectors on preserving our oceans .

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