WWF Walk for Nature

10 Jul

© WWF Hong Kong

© WWF Hong Kong

In 1983, WWF-Hong Kong began managing Mai Po Nature Reserve, implementing a number of conservation projects designed to protect the Reserve’s many fish ponds, gei wai, intertidal mudflats, mangroves, reed beds and freshwater ponds. In 2001, the conservation work took on a new dimension, as the conservation work began to focus on conserving Hong Kong’s section of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF), a vital flight route for migratory waterbirds. The EAAF begins at the Arctic Circle and runs through Southeast Asia all the way to Australia and New Zealand. Mai Po is situated roughly in the centre of the flyway. Every year, migratory birds conduct their long journeys south and stop at Mai Po to rest and recharge before they continue their voyage. In 1995, Mai Po was declared a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention. The Reserve provides habitat for many species of both flora and fauna, and has a worldwide reputation as being a “paradise for birds”.
© Martin Harvey / WWF-Hong Kong

© Martin Harvey / WWF-Hong Kong

Walk For Nature is WWF’s most significant educational fundraising event, which aims to engage the public about the need to protect Hong Kong’s local natural environment, and strengthen your awareness of the importance of environmental conservation. Their ‘Discovery Mai Po’ fundraising walk was first held in 1992. In 2006 the event’s name was changed to Walk For Nature, making 2014 the 23rd consecutive year of this event.

This year, Walk For Nature will be held on Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th of November. Participants can to choose one of the two days, but not both days.

© Bena Smith

© Bena Smith

To prevent overcrowding and minimize visitors’ effect on the environment, participants will begin their walk in different time slots. Each event day will contain 10 time slots, running consecutively at half hour intervals from 9:30am–2:00pm. Participant can choose their preferred time slot during the registration process.

The event route is about 5 km and has an estimated completion time of 3 to 4 hours. Along the route will be interactive game stands and participants will be able to play games along the way, while enjoying the breathtaking scenery of Mai Po. For more information and to register, please visit the WWF website.

So how about? Sign up and spend a day out in the breathtaking Mai Po Marshes and raise money for a very good cause!

Date: 8 November – 9 November 2014 (Saturday and Sunday)
(Participants can choose to attend one of the two days)

Time: 9:30am – 6pm (with 10 different time slots to choose from)

Location: Mai Po Nature Reserve

Cost: Adult ($800 minimum donation)
Family ($1,500 minimum donation)
Youth under 18 ($300 minimum donation)
Senior 60 & above ($300 minimum donation)
This event is only suitable for people aged 4 and above. For safety reasons, baby strollers and prams are not allowed in the Reserve.

Individual Enrollment: Individual enrollment will begin in the mid-August.

Registration Closing Date: 30 September 2014

About WWF-Hong Kong:
WWF is a leading global conservation organisation, with a global network active in more than 100 countries.

WWF’s mission is to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. WWF was founded in 1961 with headquarters based in Switzerland. Operating for nearly fifty years, WWF has forged unprecedented global partnerships with governments, other NGOs and the private sector, and has inspired individuals to take action and make a difference.

WWF-Hong Kong has been working since 1981 to deliver solutions for a living planet through Conservation, Footprint and Education programmes.

Volunteering: Volunteering for WWF is a great way to get personally involved in local conservation and for experience working in environmental protection. WWF welcomes volunteers at a range of levels, from office assistance to fundraising and even field work at sites such as Mai Po in Hong Kong. Visit their website for more information, to fill out an online form, download their volunteer form or email WWF-Hong Kong.


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