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Mekong area as lost third of its forest cover since 1970s, WWF finds

Mekong River area has lost nearly one-third of its forests in the last 35 years. Photo: Reuters

Five Southeast Asian countries have lost nearly one-third of their forests in the last 35 years and could be left with less than a fifth of their original cover by 2030 - with devastating effects on wildlife and humans, a new report suggests.

Sunday, 5 May, 2013, 2:51am

How China's purchasing power can save the world's forests

An opening cut in the Amazon rainforest by loggers and farmers. Photo: Reuters

Worldwide, 13 million hectares of forests are disappearing every year. With so many of the world's forests already destroyed, we urgently need to protect what is left.

25 Mar 2013 - 2:37am

Failure to save forests will cost us more than price of action

What will it cost to save the world's forests and boost the life prospects of its seven billion people? India is currently hosting a meeting in Hyderabad of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity to consider how to raise the resources necessary to achieve the ambitious targets adopted two years ago.

10 Oct 2012 - 3:07am

Getting to the root of the problem with Hong Kong's trees

Banyans on Nathan Road in a photograph from 1910.

According to the latest figures obtained from the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Hong Kong has lost one-tenth of its urban heritage trees in the past eight years. Of the 527 trees listed in the department's register of "old and valuable trees" since 2004, 52 of have been removed because of "natural causes", by which the department means typhoons and disease.

22 Sep 2012 - 3:49am

30 per cent of Hong Kong's trees in bad condition, survey finds

About 30 per cent of the city's 473 listed trees are in bad condition, a green group has found. The Conservancy Association's survey findings will be submitted to an expert panel of the government tree office at a meeting today, the association said.

19 Sep 2012 - 3:51am 1 comment

More transparency needed about the health of our heritage trees

Trees, normally, are no threat to public safety. They improve the environment and are welcome features in concrete jungles like Hong Kong. But when they are not managed properly, they get sick, collapse and injure passers-by. Over the years, we have seen far too many tragedies which could have been avoided with better strategies and co-ordination among departments.

16 Aug 2012 - 11:43am

Trees mysteriously vandalised may pose danger

At least three towering, exotic trees have fallen victim to a mysterious and bizarre act of vandalism that will lead to their slow death - and which could endanger people and property.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:47pm

Probe to look at sloppy tree planting

The Development Bureau's Tree Management Office is to check whether workers who planted trees at the government headquarters cut corners, as some trees uprooted by the recent typhoon still had their roots bagged.

Office head Lawrence Chau Kam-chiu said yesterday that normally the nylon wrap bagging the roots would be removed when trees were planted.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Urban trees need managing better

Development has left urban Hong Kong scantily greened with trees compared with other big cities, West and East. There is now a consensus that those we still have are worth preserving. Sadly, we still get reminders that many remain blighted by previous neglect or inadequate care.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Another two trees feared to be unsafe

Two old trees next to the one that fell onto a bus shelter in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui's shopping district on Thursday night are also diseased and may have to be chopped down, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said yesterday.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Branching Out

Ecologicality. The word may not be in English dictionaries but its meaning is clear when used by Tapio Anttila, the 2012 winner of Finland's Furniture Designer of the Year award.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Are our tree specialists still up to the job?

A qualification used to hire tree specialists may no longer be worth the paper it's written on. That's because an Australian organisation on which the Hong Kong government relied to certify job applicants had the necessary skills went out of existence more than a year ago.

10 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Felled tree put to good use with Pui Pui tribute

A sculpture of Hong Kong's celebrity crocodile Pui Pui stands proud at the entrance to her home in the Wetland Park in Tin Shui Wai - the product of a 30-year-old felled tree.

Created in the likeness of the city's star croc, it took veteran artisan Ching Tat-man 12 days to craft.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Hotline on risky trees is in demand

When the government established a telephone hotline for complaints about dangerous trees last year, it could hardly have expected such a deluge. More than 8,900 complaints have flooded in.

28 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Analysts: 'KPMG walkout a bad sign'

The resignation of KPMG as auditor of China Forestry Holdings is a worrying sign for the Hong Kong-listed firm, analysts say.

7 Jan 2012 - 12:00am