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Urban Forestry in Hong Kong


Course no.: 05-01-EXC-15271-A

Biodiversity is facing many threats from human beings worldwide. Species have been driven to extinction at an alarming rate. Apart from preserving pristine habitats, scientists increasingly think that cities have an important role to play in conserving the world’s biodiversity. Urban forestry will not only benefit human directly e.g. reducing urban heat island effect, it will also enhance urban biodiversity. In this course, students will get to know the very rich biodiversity of Hong Kong; the possibilities of promoting urban biodiversity in compact cities; and finally the management issues in urban forestry in a compact city.



  • To arouse students’ interests and understanding of urban biodiversity
  • To enable students to understand the benefits of urban trees and urban forests
  • To highlight the management issues and challenges associated with urban forests in compact cities like Hong Kong.








11 Nov (Mon)

10:00 – 12:00


Lecture: The Ecology & biodiversity of Hong Kong


14 Nov (Thu)

10:00 – 12:00


Lecture: Urban forest and biodiversity in Hong Kong


18 Nov (Mon)

10:00 – 12:00


Lecture: Management issues in urban forestry


21 Nov (Thu)

10:00 – 12:00

Kowloon Park

Field trip: The biodiversity of Kowloon Park






Dr Xoni Ma
Founding and Education Directior of Outdoor Wildlife Learning Hong Kong 

Xoni got his PhD degree from the University of Hong Kong with his research focused on how field-based education can be utilized to achieve effective environmental education. 

He was involved in designing several field-based programmes for secondary school subject learning and environmental education. In 2014, he co-founded the “Take Action! Youth Biodiversity Conservation Leadership Training Scheme” with two fellow classmates, while receiving the “HKU 2015 Faculty Knowledge Exchange Award” in recognition of the success of the Take Action! Programme. 

Xoni has been a coordinator and tutor for several university programmes and courses. He helped to lead overseas ecology field trips to countries such as Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar. He is also a Certified Arborist of the International Society of Arboriculture and he has participated in numerous vegetation, trees and forest surveys and research projects. He loves nature and different kinds of outdoor sports. He has more than ten years of experience in hiking, visited many places in Hong Kong and climbed the Mt. Kinabalu in Malaysia. Xoni likes to share the beauty of nature and his views on environmental issues with others and has been invited to join many radio programmes and forums on different occasions. He is also an active blogger on an online media platform.




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