Billy C.H. Hau

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.