Many teenagers spend their weekends shopping or playing video games. But a growing number of students are opting for weeding, planting trees and taking visitors around the Hong Kong Wetland Park.Thursday, 27 January, 2005, 12:00am
The government's new conservation scheme for 12 sites designated ecologically important last month kicks off today with an open invitation to landowners and developers to submit proposals for developing land in these areas.
But the scheme has been accused of favouring big developers, and officials have privately admitted that they are caught between a rock and a hard place.1 Dec 2004 - 12:00am
If you have had enough of the beaches and are in no rush to get home, a drive along the length of the island will surely stretch your memory banks to the limit. Besides the mesmerising views of rice paddies, palm forests and mountains, there are fishing villages that postcards were made to imitate, stunning mangrove forests, picturesque lakes and quaint aboriginal villages.28 Jun 2004 - 12:00am
I refer to the article 'Too late to hold back the deluge' (South China Morning Post, June 15), which noted the Government's plans regarding 'major anti-flood projects'. World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Hong Kong contends that wetlands provide the best solution to our flooding problems.28 Jul 2001 - 12:00am
Wetlands considered 'less important' might have to be sacrificed to make way for essential development projects under a revised green policy being considered.
The policy, to be finalised within a year, would seek to compensate villagers for the loss of development rights on their land once it was zoned as an environmentally protected area.6 Dec 2000 - 12:00am
More than 100 letters of objection have been sent out protesting against the Long Valley rail project, pressure groups said ahead of today's consultation deadline.11 Jul 2000 - 12:00am
Environmentalists have put forward a land-for-land exchange option in an effort to prevent private developers from encroaching on protected ecological zones.
Owners of land in wetland areas should be given land of comparable size elsewhere in exchange for surrendering the right to build flats in the wetland, the Conservancy Association has proposed.13 Mar 2000 - 12:00am
The Town Planning Board's recent decision to approve a residential development close to protected marshes in Mai Po on conditions that developer Cheung Kong sets up a wetlands conservation foundation to manage the ecologically sensitive area has aroused mixed responses from environmentalists.28 Dec 1999 - 12:00am
Wetlands are a vital, yet unknown component of our daily life. The water we drink and the rice we eat come directly from wetlands. In addition, wetlands also store rainwater, reducing the risk of flooding low-lying areas. Wetlands are also home to a huge variety of wildlife, some highly endangered.20 Apr 1999 - 12:00am
Friends of the Earth wants the Government to postpone decisions on development projects in sensitive ecological areas until a key study on the wetlands is completed.28 Dec 1998 - 12:00am