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Professor MARAFA, Lawal Mohammed (馬路華教授)

 
 

Associate Professor

MSc (Moscow)
PgD (U.K.)
PhD (CUHK)

(852) 3943-6471
lmmarafa@cuhk.edu.hk

 


Teaching Fields

Physical Geography
Natural Resources Management
Tourism and Recreation

Research Interests

Soils and Environment
Natural Resources Management
Ecotourism and Natural Heritage
Tourism and Environment

Services/Posts

Director, Master of Social Science in Sustainable Tourism (MSSST), Department of Geography and Resource Management, CUHK
Member, International Ecotourism Society
Member, National Geographic Sustainable Tourism Action Group
Member, Board of Directors, World Leisure Organization
Senior Fellow, World Leisure Academy
Member of the Hong Kong A-Level Geography Room Project, a Web-based
resource for Hong Kong A-Level teachers and students
Member, New York Academy of Sciences November, 1999
Member, Washington based World Bank Vetiver Information Network, Agriculture
Division, World Bank, Washington D. C.
Associate Member, Institution of Agricultural, Engineers, Silsoe, U.K, 1990
Chairman, Parent Teacher's Association, Phoenix International School, Hong Kong

Selected Publications

Bayrak, M. M. and L. M. Marafa (2017). The role of sacred forests and traditional livelihoods in REDD+:  Two case studies in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. In. Shifting Cultivation Policies: Balancing Environmental and Social Sustainability. M. Cairns (Ed). CABI Publishing.

Chan, C. S., Chiu, H. Y and Marafa, L. M. (2017). The Mainland Chinese market for nature tourism in Hong Kong. Tourism Geographies. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616688.2017.1360387

Watts, G. and Marafa, L. (2017). Validation of the Tranquillity Rating Prediction Tool (TRAPT): comparative studies in UK and Hong Kong. Noise Mapping. 4(1): 67-74. https://doi.org/10.1515/noise-2017-0005

Bayrak, M. M and L. M. Marafa (2017) Livelihood Implications and Perceptions of Large Scale Investment in Natural Resources for Conservation and Carbon Sequestration: Empirical Evidence from REDD+ in Vietnam. Sustainability9, 1802; doi: 10.3390/su9101802.

Marafa, L. M., Qui, W. W. and Sunil, KC.  (2016). Estimating carbon dioxide emissions from Chinese mainland tourism packages to Hong Kong and Macau. Tourism Management Perspectives, In press.

Chan, C. S., & Marafa, L. M. (2016). How a green city brand determines the willingness to stay in a city? The case of Hong Kong. Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing. DOI: 10.1080/10548408.2016.1236768.

Bayrak, M. M. and Marafa, L. M. (2016). Ten Years of REDD+: A Critical Review of the Impact of REDD+ on Forest-Dependent Communities. Sustainability, 8 (7), 620. doi:10.3390/su8070620.

Chan, C. S., & Marafa, L. M. (2016). The green branding of Hong Kong: Visitors’ and residents’ perceptions. Journal of Place Management and Development. Vol. 9 Issue 3. doi.org/10.1108/JPMD-02-2016-0008.

Chiu, H. Y., Chan, C. S., & Marafa, L. M. (2016). Local perception and preferences ofnature tourism in Hong Kong. Tourism Management Perspectives, 20, 87-97.

Chan, C. S., Marafa, L. M., & van den Bosch, C. C. K. (2015). Changing perspectives in urban park management: A longitudinal study of Hong Kong. Managing Leisure, 20 (1), 56-76.
Chan, C. S., Peter, M., and Marafa, L. M. (2015). Public parks in city branding: Perceptions of visitors vis-à-vis residents in Hong Kong. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, in press.

Marafa, L. M. (2015). Protected Area Tourism. In. J. Jafari, H. Xiao (eds.). Encyclopedia of Tourism. Springer International Publishing Switzerland. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-01669-6_153-1

Chan, C. S., Marafa, L. M., and van den Bosch, C. C. K. (2015). Changing perspectives in urban park management: A longitudinal study of Hong Kong. Managing Leisure, 20(1), 56-76.

Chan, C. S., and Marafa, L. M. (2014). Rebranding Hong Kong “Green”: The potential for connecting city branding with green resources. World Leisure Journal, 56(1), 62-80.

Marafa, L. M., Watts, G., and Chan, S. W. (2013). Factors affecting the perceptions of tranquil spaces in Hong Kong. Internoise 2013, Innsbruck, Austria.

Marafa, L. M. (2012). International guest statement: Natural landscapes in urban environments and the role of Feng Shui. In P. Dearden, & B. Mitchell (Eds.), Environmental change and challenge: A Canadian perspective (4th ed.) (pp. 481-482). Don Mills, Ontario, Oxford University Press.

Chau Kwai Choeng, Lam Kin Che, Marafa Lawal M. (2010) Visitors’ response to extraneous noise in countryside recreation areas. Noise Control Engineering Journal, 58 (5). Sept – Oct. 2010.   

Kin-che Lam, Lex Brown, Lawal Marafa and Kwai-cheong Chau (2009) Human Preference for Countryside Soundscapes, Acta Acustica united with Acustica, 96. 463-471.

Marafa, Lawal Mohammed (2007). Achieving the Millennium Development Goals through Tourism". ECOCLUB: International Magazine vol.7 no.91 p.10-13.

Marafa, L. M., and Fung, T. (2004). Changes in participation in leisure and outdoor recreation activities among people living in Hong Kong during SARS outbreak. World Leisure, 46(2), 38-47. doi:10.1080/04419057.2004.9674356

Marafa, L. M. (2003). Integrating natural and cultural heritage: The advantage of Feng Shui landscape resources. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 9(4), 307-323. doi:    10.1080/1352725022000155054

Marafa, L. M and K. C. Chau (1999). Effect of hill fire on upland soil in Hong Kong. Forest Ecology and Management. 120 (1999) 97-104.

K.C. Chau and Lawal M. Marafa. (1999b). Vegetation Chronosequence in Hong Kong: Soil properties and Successional Development. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography. Vol. 20. No. 1, 24 - 35.

Marafa, L. M. and K. C. Chau (1999a). Morphology and chemical properties of soils along a vegetation gradient affected by fire in Hong Kong. Soil Science. 164: (9) 683-691.

 

Research Projects

*Adopting REDD+ for conservation, sustainable community livelihood and climate change mitigation sponsored by World Universities Network (WUN) Research Development Fund during the period 2013-01-01 to 2014-06-14 for the sum of HK$298,963

Evaluating the Potential for Urban Agriculture to Enhance Food Security in Response to Climate Change (the project is hosted by the University of Alberta, Canada) sponsored by World Universities Network (WUN) Research Development Fund during the period 2013-01-01 to 2014-06-14 for the sum of HK$175,163

*Integrating Soundscape Considerations into the Planning and Management of Outdoor Recreation Zones in Hong Kong's Country Parks (CU09486) sponsored by Research Grants Council - General Research Fund during the period 2009-11-01 to 2011-10-31 for the sum of HKD 374,500.00

Mangrove Species Mapping and Leaf Area Index Modeling Using Optical and Microwave Remote Sensing Technologies in Hong Kong (CU08051) sponsored by Research Grants Council - General Research Fund during the period 2009-01-01 to 2011-06-30 for the sum of HKD 343,700.00

*Integrating Soundscape Considerations into the Planning and Management of Outdoor Recreation Zones in Hong Kong's Country Parks (CU09486) sponsored by Research Grants Council - General Research Fund during the period 2009-11-01 to 2011-10-31 for the sum of HKD 374,500.00

*Elucidation of the Tranquility Concept and Rating Tool in Hong Kong (CU12496) sponsored by Research Grants Council - General Research Fund during the period 2012-12-01 to 2014-11-30 for the sum of HKD 425,865.00


* denotes Principal Investigator