Seminar "From forest to sediment – Human Environment Impacts are surrounding" (30/9/2016)

Below the forest, under the oceans, and beneath our feet, the life-giving properties of soil affect all aspects of life on this planet. From food, to shelter, and clothing, we could not survive without it, yet development and pollution continuously threaten the earth and the oceans.

While global climate change draws the attention of world leaders, the impact of human activity on soil is less understood. What can be done to manage the land more effectively? How is human activity affecting the quality of our soil? Does the environmental record in soil offer clues for the future?

In Hong Kong and around the world, exciting new discoveries and approaches to land and forest management suggest reasons for optimism as well as concern. Please join us on September 30th for a discussion with leading scientists and environmental advocates.

Please join us on September 30th for a discussion with leading scientists and environmental advocates.


Date: 30/9/2016 (Friday)
Time: 5:30pm- 7:30pm
Location: KK Leung Building room 201, Hong Kong University, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
This Seminar is public and free of charge.
Event co-organized by the Sustainability Office of the University of Hong Kong and faculty of Science of the University of Hong Kong. Here->]

This event takes place during the "France- Hong Kong Month of Environment" (20/9/2016-20/10/2016)
More about it here

5:30-6:00 Welcoming + (3X5min)
Officiating Guests:
Mr. Patrick Lai - Assistant Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD)
Mr. Frederic Bretar - Attache for Science and Academic affaires
Prof. Kenneth Leung - Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies & Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Hong Kong

6:00-7:20 Talks (4x20[15min+5Q&A])
Alistair Monument – FSC®(Forest Stewardship Council®) Asia Pacific Regional Director,
Dr Benoit Guenard - Assistant professor in the school of Biological Sciences at University of Hong Kong (HKU) ,
Dr Hermine Huot - Researcher in mineralogy, geochemistry, environmental science specialist in soil pollution at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou
Dr Christelle Not - Assistant professor at the Earth Science Department of the University of Hong Kong (HKU)
7:20-7:30 Conclusion



Alistair Monument – FSC®(Forest Stewaracific Regional Director of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®). He established the FSC Asia Pacific Regional Office in Hong Kong in 2011, and leads the strategic development of FSC across the region.
Alistair has worked with FSC since 2001, and was founding Director of Accreditation Services International, FSC’s accreditation agency. From 2006, he worked as Technical Director for FSC in China, and as a responsible business consultant with corporations and the Chinese authorities.
Alistair is a qualified auditor and forester, with experience in over 30 countries. He has worked in the private sector, with non-governmental organizations and with government agencies, on ethical standards systems, forestry, oil and gas, environmental and social impact assessment.

Abstract: Human impacts on forest environment

The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC™) is an independent global, non-profit organization that promotes environmentally sound, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests. FSC develops standards, ensures monitoring of certified operations and promotes the FSC trademarks so that businesses and consumers can choose products that come from well-managed forests that meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations.
There are over 190 million hectares of FSC certified forest management in the world and annually around 300 million cbm of wood – 17% of total world industrial roundwood production – leaves the forests as FSC certified wood. In the global supply chain there are over 30,000 FSC certificate holders in over 110 countries, including manufacturers, traders and retailers who want to demonstrate to their customers that they use responsibly produced raw materials.
The FSC Asia Pacific Regional Office in Hong Kong represents FSC International, oversees FSC operations in the region and works with companies and investors to create demand for responsible forest and match with viable supply. For more information please visit

Dr Benoit Guenard - Assistant professor in the school of Biological Sciences at the University of Hong Kong (HKU)
Dr. Benoit Guénard is an Assistant Professor within the School of Biological Sciences of the University of Hong Kong since September 2014. He leads the Insect Biodiversity and Biogeography Laboratory with his research focusing on the paterns and mechanisms that drive biodiversity with a specific emphasis on ants. Using a multiscale approach, his work seeks a better understanding of ant diversity in time and space, as well as measuring the impacts of habitats destruction and biological invasions on the formation and composition of native communities.

Abstract: From green to brown, stratification and components of forest biodiversity

To our eyes, forest ecosystems might look like a relative homogenous continuum. However for the majority of organisms living in forests, these ecosystems are composed of a wide range of unique microhabitats that will support peculiar communities of animals, fungi and plants. After introducing some of the main actors that compose forest biodiversity, I will present their roles, functions and how the environment influence their survival and growth. Finally, I will briefly summarize our knowledge on these paramount organisms in Hong Kong and other parts of the world, as well as the necessary steps to enhance our ecological understanding of these organisms and inclusion within conservation planning.

Dr Hermine Huot - Researcher in soil and environmental science at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou
Dr Hermine Huot is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Sun Yat-Sen University, where she is involved in projects of remediation of mine tailings. Her research interests concern the formation, the functioning and the evolution of soils developed from human-made materials and the sustainable management of contaminated soils.

Abstract: Soil protection illustrated by French and Chinese projects of remediation of contaminated soils

Soil is a complex, living, fragile and dynamic medium which fulfills essential functions, such as support for plant growth (food and non-food plants) and human activities (e.g. housing, transport), biodiversity reservoir, water filtration, substance transformation and storage (including Carbon) and source of raw materials (e.g. ore, construction materials). Within a context of increasing world population and needs of the population, there are many threats to the soil resource (e.g. erosion, decrease in biodiversity and organic matter, salinization, pollution, sealing, compaction). As essential and non-renewable resource at the human scale, the soil has to be better understood and protected. To illustrate this, examples of projects of remediation of contaminated soils in China (post-mining soils - works of the Sun Yat-Sen University) and in France (industrial brownfields - works of the French Scientific Interest Group - Industrial Wasteland (GISFI)) will be presented.

Dr Christelle Not - Assistant professor at the Earth Science Department of the University of Hong Kong (HKU),
Prof. Christelle Not is assistant professor at the Earth Science Department of the University of Hong Kong. As a leader of the Environmental Geochemistry and Oceanography Research Group at HKU, her research focus on the reconstruction of the environmental and climatic conditions using the geochemistry of the sediment and marine fossils as foraminifera, ostracodes and corals.

Abstract: Sediment as environmental archive
Marine sediment is an excellent archive of environmental and climatic conditions. In this presentation, I will explain how we can reconstruct the environmental history of different areas on Earth. For example, I will detail how we use sediment to reconstruct environmental parameter as the water temperature but also climatic parameter as the vegetation.


Justin Monier, Scientific Officer in Hong Kong
Julie Metta, Scientific Officer in Hong Kong

publié le 30/12/2016

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