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  1. Developer's plans threaten unique Hakka-style village in country park

    Posted Mar 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Some correspondents have written to these columns raising concerns about the destruction of our country parks by developers. Pak Sha O village is, to quote the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department website for Sai Kung Country Park West, 'the best preserved old village in the park'. The village is entirely in the old Hakka style with a walled farm at the centre ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/995848/developers-plans-threaten-unique-hakka-style-village-country-park
  2. Banning fishing in marine park could lay foundation for sustainable fishery

    Posted Aug 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... I refer to the letter by Joseph Sham, assistant director of agriculture, fisheries and conservation ('Some fishing allowed in marine parks', August 8). Mr Sham's defence of government actions to protect Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park is a poor attempt to justify a woeful record of environmental protection of Hong Kong's marine resources. When the marine park was set up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/976019/banning-fishing-marine-park-could-lay-foundation-sustainable-fishery
  3. No plans to review boundary of Hoi Ha marine park despite remapping

    Posted Nov 16th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department says it will not review the boundary of Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park. The conservation department made known its stance ... The land agency, which completed the remapping on October 15, produces maps and identifies high-water marks, but is not empowered to designate the boundaries of a marine park. A spokesman ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/730583/no-plans-review-boundary-hoi-ha-marine-park-despite-remapping
  4. Government has duty to protect Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park

    Posted Nov 25th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Christine Loh Kung-wai's column ('Shifting sands', November 19) highlighted the confusion which has arisen over the boundary of Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park and the status ... not automatically give the owner the right to build. Wherever the debate concerning the ownership of land and what defines the boundary of the marine park leads, one point remains clear: the administration ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/731567/government-has-duty-protect-hoi-ha-wan-marine-park
  5. Clan upset at finding village land in park

    Posted Nov 15th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a country park without their knowledge. The indigenous villagers discovered the change recently when they studied an interim zoning plan imposed by the Town Planning Board two months ago to control development on the site of the village- and to protect Plover Cove Country Park. They now urge the government to clarify the village and country park boundary as quickly as possible to prevent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/730478/clan-upset-finding-village-land-park
  6. Three more country park sites get protective zoning

    Posted Oct 01st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai Three more country park enclaves facing imminent development and with a history of environmental damage have been given protective zoning but 50 remain unprotected. ... it picked the three out of 53 country park enclaves not covered by any zoning plans. It also refused to say when it would impose similar plans on the remaining enclaves of private land surrounded ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/726229/three-more-country-park-sites-get-protective-zoning
  7. Private firms own fifth of unprotected park enclaves

    Posted Aug 18th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai Companies own nearly a fifth of the unprotected sites in Hong Kong's country parks, and some of then have a record of damage or development. Land ownership records also show private companies have bought into other such pockets- next to or surrounded by country parks- that have minimal zoning protection. Evidence of the encroachment of potential developers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/722417/private-firms-own-fifth-unprotected-park-enclaves
  8. Six IIs arrested in country park

    Posted Aug 24th 2009, 12:00am by Danny Mok

    ... Danny Mok Police arrested six illegal immigrants at Fung Wong Wat in Plover Cove Country Park at about 4pm yesterday. No one was injured in the operation. On Friday, eight South Asian illegal immigrants aged 19 to 34 were arrested at Kau Tam Tso in the park, a hot spot for landings of illegal immigrants by speedboats from the mainland. On August 9, 17 South Asian illegal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/690525/six-iis-arrested-country-park
  9. 'Shocking' damage in country park

    Posted Feb 13th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a country park in memory. The construction in Pat Sin Leng Country Park near Lai Pek Shan and Ting Kok is the latest of a spate of illegal works in countryside areas, sparking calls from a leading green group for tougher punishments. The large-scale works in the park, involving a 5-metre-wide, 500-metre-long cement access road leading to a level area cut out of the hillside, were believed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/669795/shocking-damage-country-park
  10. Is it time country parks had their own police?

    Posted Feb 14th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The wanton destruction of natural habitats, including streams, has - sadly - been a regular occurrence in our countryside. Most people assume country parks are off limits ... inside a country park in recent memory. These are strong words, but they are no exaggeration. Substantial portions of the illegal works fall inside the Pat Sin Leng Country Park; others encroach ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/669934/it-time-country-parks-had-their-own-police

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