WWF ends development partnership with Cheung Kong

Adam Koo, left, and Michael Lau deny coming under pressure to split from Cheung Kong. Photo: Nora Tam

A disagreement with a property developer over the speed of a wetland housing plan was what drove WWF, the city's biggest environmental group, to pull out last week from the controversial project, the group's chief says.

Monday, 20 May, 2013, 5:27am 1 comment

Development pressure on Mai Po reserve shows need for action

Development pressure on Mai Po reserve shows need for action

Here in our backyard, the areas of Mai Po and Inner Deep Bay, a tiny nature reserve squeezed between two of Asia's most densely populated cities, forms a critical link in this winged migration, a biological process that repeats itself every year.

18 Apr 2013 - 3:18am 5 comments

Shrinking Shenzhen mangrove forests poses threat to migratory birds

Shenzhen has just 130 hectares of mangrove forest, compared with more than 530 hectares in the early 1980s. Photo: Chow Chung-yan

The dramatic shrinking of Shenzhen's mangrove forests over the past three decades poses a threat to the many migratory birds that visit Hong Kong's Mai Po Nature Reserve each autumn, winter and spring, experts in both cities warn.

28 Nov 2012 - 4:04am

China Digest, November 17, 2012

The Beijing Municipal Health Bureau aims to survey 130,000 residents over the age of 45 by March to determine their risk of having a stroke, the capital's third leading cause of death, the Beijing Daily reports.

17 Nov 2012 - 5:00am

Divisive wetland development tycoon Adrian Fu's lifetime mission

Adrian Fu with a photo of his grandfather Fu Tak-iam. Photo: Dickson Lee

For conservationists, Nam Sang Wai is one of the Hong Kong wetlands that should be preserved for future generations.

But for Adrian Fu Hau-chak, a 65-year-old tycoon from a prominent family in Macau, a development on the site is almost a life-long mission, one he does not want his successors to have to deal with.

15 Nov 2012 - 4:37am

Nam Sang Wai wetland size should meet 'no-net loss' principle

The Nam Sang Wai developer has claimed its proposed project would almost meet the "no-net loss" principle under planning guidelines that require wetlands to retain the same net area after development.

15 Nov 2012 - 4:38am

Letters to the Editor, November 11, 2012

Developers have plans for Nam Sang Wai. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Wetland is no place for apartments

On the evening of Saturday, November 3, along with hundreds of other Hong Kong residents, I enjoyed a magnificent sunset from Nam Sang Wai in the New Territories.

11 Nov 2012 - 2:51am

Fate of wetlands in Henderson's hands

Hong Kong's blistering pursuit of economic development has come at a high price to the environment. Growing concern about pollution has created an awareness that this is not sustainable, leading to increased demand for conservation. We have all got a role to play, but perhaps none more so than the property developers.

10 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Owner bids to legalise dumping after the fact

A landowner facing prosecution for illegal dumping in an environmentally sensitive area in Luk Keng has lodged a planning application with the Town Planning Board that would effectively legalise the landfilling if approved.

4 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Another person drowns in fish ponds

Another person has been found dead in a fish pond in Xialuwang village, Zhejiang , adjoining the one where five children drowned two weeks ago, and villagers are now blaming local authorities for converting their farmland into ponds.

3 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Henderson stops filling fish ponds near Mai Po

A developer yesterday stopped filling in fish ponds in Yuen Long zoned as conservation areas after receiving an order from the government.

27 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Developer fills in ponds at conservation area

The developer of a low density housing project in Yuen Long is under fire again for filling in part of three fish ponds that are zoned as wetland conservation areas.

26 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

HK's fine art sets world record

Hong Kong has set a new Guinness World Record by creating a painting that stretches almost one kilometre at Hong Kong Wetland Park in Tin Shui Wai.

A total of 2,041 students and members of the public gathered on October 17 to create the 959.35-metre-long, 1.2m-wide painting on the theme 'Birds and Wetlands'.

10 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Wider view needed at Mai Po, greens say

An environmental group has called for a more holistic approach to approving applications for developments near the Mai Po wetlands, the city's principal bird sanctuary.

10 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Early settlement spot could be developed for tourism

The government wants to develop Lau Fau Shan, the site of some of Hong Kong's earliest settlements, into a tourism and recreation spot.

The Planning Department yesterday commissioned an 18-month consultancy study, after which the public will be asked for its view on the direction development of the spot in the northwestern New Territories should take.

20 Sep 2008 - 12:00am