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Conservation

WWF Hong Kong deserves salute for bringing Mai Po to the disabled

  • By upgrading its facilities to make the migratory bird sanctuary accessible to the less able-bodied, the WWF has become a role model for other organisations
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 December, 2018, 7:03pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 December, 2018, 7:03pm

I am writing in response to “WWF Hong Kong’s mission to ensure visit to Mai Po nature reserve is walk in the park for all, including less able-bodied” (December 8).

The report refers to the upgrading of some of the facilities as part of WWF Hong Kong’s “Nature with No Barriers” project, to make the migratory bird sanctuary more accessible and inclusive. Their mission, launched three years back, deserves applause.

The disabled among us face many challenges in their daily lives, even with simple things that the more fortunate don’t give a second thought to, like finding a table at a restaurant to just getting around in facilities – as they are not always accessible. A pavement may not be wide enough for a wheelchair to pass, and not all buildings have ramps or Braille and 3D-imprinted guides. As a result, many times the less-able might feel they would rather stay home, which is sad.

With the launch of its no-barriers project, WWF Hong Kong, which manages Mai Po, is giving all visitors — regardless of their physical condition – a chance to commune with nature and enrich their lives.

This was a very thoughtful and socially responsible move from the conservation group. We always hear the phrase “embracing social inclusion”. The government is committed to enhancing the city’s facilities so everyone can enjoy equality and respect in all aspects of life.

By taking action and not leaving it up to the government to improve the lives of the less fortunate, the WWF has acted as a role model for other organisations. A harmonious society needs everyone to develop together.

Cherry Chan, Po Lam