A delegation of Hong Kong green groups plans to present its concerns about cross-border pollution to members of the National People's Congress in Beijing next month. Friends of the Earth director Mei Ng Fong Siu-mei said it would be the first time officials in Beijing had been willing to listen to green non-governmental organisations (NGOs). 'We want to present our concerns because we have to tackle the sensitive cross-border issues and look at how we can make change happen on an official level,' Ms Ng said. 'There are discussions but it is difficult to pinpoint responsibilities, budgets.' The June delegation is the culmination of a shift in focus by SAR greens since the handover towards looking to expand in China. On an official level, SAR and mainland officials tend to meet and study without producing many concrete changes. But behind the scenes, the SAR's green groups have been making inroads into mainland universities and environmental bureaus for years. Friends of the Earth in Hong Kong plans to hire someone to be based in Guangdong and has been organising environmental training for cadres and businesses for some years. Beyond environmental concerns, another reason for the effort to engage the mainland is money. Many SAR groups receive overseas funding from organisations that hope to see changes on the mainland. 'It's the Greenpeace movement with Chinese characteristics,' said Howard Liu, a Greenpeace campaigner, playing on the mainland slogan 'socialism with Chinese characteristics'. Kadoorie Farm in the New Territories, for instance, has embarked on a China-wide save-the-orchids project stretching from Beijing to Guizhou and into Guangdong. Ms Ng attributes the willingness of Beijing officials to meet green groups as the result of years of quietly building relations and the Government's growing environmental awareness. Since mainland authorities began allowing the formation of NGOs, a few green groups have organised activities on the mainland. However, they are much more limited in their criticisms than their Hong Kong counterparts. Stories of environmental devastation regularly turn up in the mainland's newspapers, but reporters say they are restrained about reporting anything involving government investment. Groups such as China's largest NGO, Global Village, focus on campaigns for community recycling and environmental education rather than addressing issues such as how to limit pollution while promoting economic growth. 'We've had a lot of success within communities in Beijing but we have to be careful of our relationships with authorities,' said Amanda van den Bos of Global Village.