Conservation in Hong Kong

Lai See

EPD on a path to desecrate ecologically sensitive area

We have been following the efforts of the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) to desecrate one of the most pristine ecological sites in Hong Kong.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:20pm

Lai See

Kids wheezing Down Under - what about those in HK?

There is less than cheery news from Australia on the subject of air pollution and child health.

25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Hong Kong's system for grading historic buildings is dated and inaccurate

As a solicitor, I feel that the issue concerning the redevelopment of the west wing of the former central government offices reveals the flaws of our grading system for heritage buildings.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Students channel green thinking

The outlook for Hong Kong's sustainable development sparked heated debate yesterday among members of the public, environmental science students, government officials and corporate bigwigs.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Roger Kendrick

NATURAL HISTORY I was brought up in Marlow-on-Thames [outside of London]. Our house was nothing special, in what was a very exclusive town, but the garden was. It was a full acre, had two ponds and was full of natural wildlife: butterflies, birds, frogs and newts.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Groups still seeking clarification on dolphins

Animal welfare groups yesterday pledged to continue their campaign to persuade Hong Kong Airlines to stop carrying live dolphins amid confusion over whether the practice would continue.

A letter to one group last week by the airline's British office in response to protests over the carrying of live dolphins suggested the practice would be halted immediately.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

The Dragon keeper

Cynthia Lee Hong-yee says it was probably her destiny to preserve Dragon Garden. Lee, founder of the Dragon Garden Charitable Trust, is one of 13 grandchildren of the garden's original owner, the late tycoon Lee Iu-cheung, who spent 25 years perfecting it.

29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

New great wall for butterflies

Rapid development on the mainland is stopping butterflies reaching Hong Kong, local experts say. In the case of one species, the milkweed butterfly, up to 45,000 would arrive each winter until 2002, but three years later there were fewer than 100.

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

WWF can ensure that property project does not damage sensitive wetlands

The decision by WWF-Hong Kong to back the planned residential project of a subsidiary of Cheung Kong (Holdings) at Fung Lok Wai, has proved to be controversial. Some sections of the public are against the project going ahead at the wetland site.

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am


Display of whales has its benefits

Ocean Park was designed to bring the public up close and personal to living marine animals.

This increases the value of marine life in the eyes of people who rarely have the funds and opportunity to see these animals in nature.

9 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Our heritage needs better protection

Heritage buildings, like collectable wine, improve in value with age. Unlike wine, however, they can be opened time and again to give pleasure to generations of people, so long as they are lovingly conserved. Saving them from the developer's hammer is therefore just the beginning of heritage preservation.

6 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Historic school buildings to get monument status

Buildings in two elite schools, both more than 80 years old, will be declared monuments after the Antiquities Advisory Board agreed to support the declarations yesterday.

King's College and the School House of St Stephen's College already have grade one historical status, but the new designation will give them greater protection.

16 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Bird numbers on the rise at Mai Po

On a pair of long pink legs, a black-winged stilt mother takes the lead across Mai Po Nature Reserve's shallow freshwater ponds to look for food. Three fluffy spotty chicks trail behind in a straight line, observing their mother's every move.

13 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Dolphins under 'serious threat' from third runway

Building a third runway at Hong Kong's airport will pose a serious threat to the dwindling population of Chinese white dolphins, experts warn. But they are unable to quantify the extent of the threat.

Some specialists predicted their demise with the building of Chek Lap Kok airport off North Lantau in the mid-1990s.

7 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Nature's wealth

By this time of the year, Mai Po's black-faced spoonbills are off to the north. Yet the wetland is anything but deserted and silent.

19 May 2011 - 12:00am