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The First Ocean Park International Conservation STEAM Competition

14 Jan


As part of the First Ocean Park International STEAM Education Conference 2019, Ocean Park Hong Kong has organised the first Ocean Park International Conservation STEAM Competition.

What is STEAM?:
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.

Ocean Park Hong Kong would like to invite you and your students to get inspired by taking part in their International STEAM Competition.

The competition aims to encourage students to apply their knowledge and skills in STEAM-related disciplines to solve real-life problems, especially using their creativity to propose innovative solutions for global environmental issues.

Eligibility:
1. Full time students reached 15 – 19 years of age on or before January 1, 2018;
2. Maximum 5 students for each team;
3. Maximum 2 teams for each school;
4. At least one supervising teacher for each school; and
5. Top 5 schools on each topic in the First Round Assessment will be selected to enter the Final Round Presentation

Competition Topics: The theme of the competition is “STEAM and Marine Conservation”, participants can select one of the below 3 topics to join the competition
STEAM action – Propose technology solutions to clean marine debris and conserve marine biodiversity.
STEAM promotion – Create art products to promote the reduction of marine debris or the conservation of biodiversity.
STEAM public awareness – Use technology (e.g. virtual reality) to raise the awareness of the general public to reduce marine debris and conserve biodiversity.

Competition Timeline:
Submission Deadline
February 15, 2019 (23:59 Hong Kong time)

Final Round Presentation
June 20, 2019

For more information, please follow this link

Application: To apply, please complete the form by following this link

About Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong: Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong is committed to advocating, facilitating and participating in effective conservation of Asian wildlife, with an emphasis on Chinese white dolphins and giant pandas as well as their habitats through partnerships, fundraising, research and education. It envisions a world where Asian wildlife remains biologically diverse under the stewardship of humans, corporations and governments.

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WWF-Hong Kong Flag Day Volunteers needed

13 Nov

Lend your support for WWF-Hong Kong by signing up to be their Flag Day volunteer.

To sign up, please follow this link and scroll down to the four different registration forms.

Date: Saturday, 15 December 2018

Time: 7am – 12:30pm

Place: Hong Kong Island

Contact:
Tel: 2526-1011 (Select language then press 4, 5, 0)
Email: flagday@wwf.org.hk

About WWF-Hong Kong: WWF-Hong Kong was founded in 1981 and is an integral part of WWF’s global network. Their work began with managing Mai Po Nature Reserve and conserving iconic species. Over the years, WWF-Hong Kong has expanded and adjusted their mission to better serve Hong Kong’s conservation and education needs and align themselves with WWF’s global strategy.

Sharks: Up Close and Personal

2 Nov


Hong Kong Shark Foundation, and the Hong Kong office of global law firm Skadden Arps are pleased to host a unique shark photography talk “Sharks: Up Close and Personal“. Underwater photographer Simon Lorenz will share a photographic tale of worldwide shark interactions – from the smallest to the largest, from the most docile to the most dangerous ones. He will show that anyone can snorkel and dive with sharks and give insight on how to behave around sharks.

Simon Lorenz is a regular author for dive magazines around the world. With his travel company Insider Divers, he runs guided group trips, combining unusual dive experiences with photo training. As a PADI instructor, his aim is to further the diving and photography skills of his guests. At his home in Hong Kong, he operates Pool Portrait, the first underwater photo studio in the city. As a member of the Advisory Board of the Hong Kong Shark Foundation, Simon supports efforts to reduce shark fin consumption in China.

Refreshments will be served. Admission is gratis. Seating is limited to 40 people so tickets are on a first come basis. To register please follow this link to Eventbrite

For more information, please email info@hksharkfoundation.org.

Date: Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Time: 6:30-8:00pm

Place: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, 15 Queen’s Road Central, 42/F, Central

About Hong Kong Shark Foundation: Hong Kong Shark Foundation (HKSF) is a registered Hong Kong charity dedicated exclusively to shark conservation. They aim to raise awareness about shark conservation, particularly the unsustainable practice of shark finning, and to reduce consumption of shark products in Hong Kong.

Every year, over 100 million sharks are caught worldwide for shark fins and other products, with over 50% of the world’s shark fin being traded through Hong Kong. The demand for shark products has contributed to the rapid decline of many species, with an estimated 1/3 of species already endangered or nearing extinction. Removing sharks from our oceans will threaten the delicate balance of ecosystems that are valuable sources of food and key elements in regulating our climate.

HKSF members/volunteers come from around the world, but most live and work in Hong Kong. Regardless of nationality or ethnicity, they are united in their desire to conserve shark populations for future generations. HKSF believes this a rare opportunity for one city to make a significant impact on a global scale. Please act now to help reduce the consumption of shark products in Hong Kong and save the world’s sharks.

Any questions, email info@hksharkfoundation.org or message/call 9095-6652.

KFBG Autumn Festival 2018

17 Oct

KFBG Autumn Festival is Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden‘s yearly large-scale on-site event to celebrate and appreciate nature’s gifts and showcase ways of living in harmony with our environment.

The themes of this year’s Autumn Festival are connecting people with Nature, conservation, and low-carbon living. Apart from the usual plant and animal exhibits, various experiential activities will be set up to promote physical and mental wellness. Activities include: “Upside Down” Exploring the World of Bats Exhibition, Green Market, Experiential Activities, Through the Innocent Eyes Parent-child Photo Event, Art Workshops, Guided Tours, Animal Encounters and Story-telling Activity.

Come explore the wilderness and celebrate the autumn season through one of the many experiential activities at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden on the 3rd and 4th November 2018!

For more information please email edu_programme@kfbg.org

Date: 3-4 November 2018 (Saturday & Sunday)

Time: 9:30am – 5:00pm (Last admission: 4:00pm)

Place: Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden
For directions, please follow this link

About Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG): Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) spreads over 148 hectares of land on the northern slopes of Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong’s highest mountain, near the town of Tai Po.

KFBG has a deep-set valley between two ridges, with a stream running steeply down through the forest. On the slopes there are forest, theme gardens, vegetable terraces, 8km of walking trails, 9km of roads, and conservation and educational facilities.

The Farm was established in 1956 to provide agricultural aid to farmers in need of support to help them lead independent lives; and to provide leisure and educational experience for the public. The theme gardens were designed and planted from the 1960’s onwards, and through planting, natural process and protection from fire, what was once barren scrubland is now mature forest. Visitors are welcome.

LumiVoce is looking for an Operations Manager (part time)

8 Oct

Are you passionate about wildlife conservation? LumiVoce is seeking a proactive individual to contribute to its efforts on wildlife conservation and biodiversity. LumiVoce is looking for a Manager of Operations to assist the daily operations from finance, administration, and event coordination. Their team consists of hardworking and fun individuals who have come together to shed light on the plight of wildlife through music. As a charity, LumiVoce often find themselves with their hands full and therefore need someone to manage their day to day operations. If you are someone who can wear multiple hats at the same time, have some experience in operations, administration and event management, please get in touch with the LumiVoce team.

This is a part-time, flexible position, however, LumiVoce acknowledges that there will be a considerable investment in terms of time especially before and during an event. LumiVoce is therefore looking for someone who can be flexible with their time and is able to multitask.

For more information and a detailed job description, please click on the link: http://www.lumivoce.org/job

Please send your CV and Covering Letter explaining why you are interesting in joining LumiVoce to info@lumivoce.org.

About LumiVoce: Inspiring people to fall in love with wildlife through the beauty and power of music and stories to reduce demand. Turning today’s wildlife consumers into tomorrow’s wildlife protectors.

The Chinese character for listening includes ears, eyes and heart 聽.

Are we listening? Are we listening with our ears, eyes, heart, mind and soul?

Do we really know what a healthy forest truly sounds like?

I was moved to action when I heard that every 15 minutes an elephant is killed for its tusk (ivory), that every 8 hours a rhino is brutally slaughtered for its horn, that we have lost 58% of the planet’s wildlife since the 1970s (WWF living planet report 2016), and, finally, that we are losing them at 1000 times the normal background rate.

“As a singer I want to lend my voice to the voiceless wildlife, to illuminate with sound, to combine my passions for music and wildlife to make a difference.
You may ask why music?

Because music is powerful and it touches the human heart. Why is it said that music is a universal language? Because it is the language of the heart, mind and soul. It vibrates within the core of our being. It transcends cultures, space and time. I grew up with music during China’s Cultural Revolution. My parents were exiled to the countryside to do hard labor.

“I hope my voice will inspire others to join in. One voice becomes thousands of voices, like a great symphony of love for the wild.”

Dr. Ying Ying Liu, Founder

2018 WWF Walk for Nature

19 Sep

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If you have never been to the Mai Po Nature Reserve, strolled along a floating boardwalk in the middle of a magnificent mangrove forest, here’s your chance to do so, and raise money for WWF Hong Kong.

Walk for Nature” 2018 is now open for registration, so sign up to reserve your place! Walk for Nature 2018 is an ideal time for family and friends to Connect2Nature at Mai Po Nature Reserve and meet WWF staff to see and hear more about the important role of Ramsar (a wetland site designated of international importance under the Ramsar Convention) sites, such as the Mai Po marshes, and the challenges faced by migratory waterbirds on their journey along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. Get involved and use the iNaturalist app during this year’s event and share what you see with friends.

Walk for Nature” is a set route around the reserve, located in the Inner Deep Bay wetlands. Since 1995, Mai Po has been accredited as a “Wetland of International Importance” under the Ramsar Convention and is home to 35 species that are classified as worldwide endangered species. Read more about Mai Po Nature Reserve.

And under the theme “Flap Your Wings”, participants will experience migratory birds’ journey to Hong Kong through a series of games, DIY workshop and puppet show. Taking part in these activities will raise participants’ awareness and knowledge of conservation issues and sustainable living. Click here for activity details.

Suitable for 4 years old or above
*For safety reasons, baby strollers and prams are not allowed in the reserve.

Date: 3-4 November 2018 (Saturday and Sunday)
*Participants can choose to join for one day only
** Registration for the boardwalk guided tour is only available when enrolling Walk for Nature online. For safety reasons, participants must be aged 12 or above.

Time: 9:30am to 6pm
The event will be divided into10 time slots each day, running consecutively at half-hour intervals from 9:30am-2pm. Participants can choose their preferred time slot during registration.

Place: Mai Po Nature Reserve

Price:

To register online, please follow this link.

Registration Closing Date: 17 October 2018

About Mai Po Nature Reserve: As a haven for thousands of migratory waterbirds every year, Mai Po Nature Reserve and the surrounding Inner Deep Bay wetlands sets a prime example of conservation success for regional wetlands, and offers visitors a chance to get up close to wildlife and appreciate the beauty of nature.

Located on the northwestern corner of Hong Kong, the Mai Po and Inner Deep Bay wetlands is recognized as ‘Wetland of International Importance’ under the prestigious Ramsar Convention in 1995. The 1,500-hectare area acts as a key way station and wintering site along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway where 50 million migratory waterbirds travel through each year.

The 24th Kadoorie Brothers Memorial Race

15 Sep

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Run for charity and take in the amazing scenery at Kadoorie Farm. The race is held in memory of the Kadoorie brothers, Lord Lawrence and Sir Horace.

The length of the course is 5.7 km, from the KFBG Lower Area (at 130m elevation), and rises steeply uphill along roads, through various beautiful sections of Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden, finishing at the Kadoorie Brothers Memorial Pavilion (at 602m elevation). It is a challenging and rewarding uphill race (or a lovely walk, depending on your fitness).

Participants must be 7 years of age or older / Entry for the Race is limited to 230 participants. If the race is over-subscribed, eligibility will be allocated by lucky draw.

No entrance fee will be charged for the race. There will be a donation box at the registration counter and Kadoorie Farm hopes participants and the accompanying guests would donate HK$200 to support their Conservation and Education Programmes.

Date: 16 December 2018 (Sunday)

Time: 10:00 – 12:30

Place: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden

Price: No entrance fee will be charged for the race. There will be a donation box at the registration counter and Kadoorie Farm hopes participants and the accompanying guests would donate HK$200 to support their Conservation and Education Programmes.

Note: Applicants should assume their application is unsuccessful if no confirmation letter is received via e-mail by 11th November, 2018 (Sunday).
Each applicant can only submit application once.
The KFBG Gate will be closed at 9:45 a.m. for the event. KFBG will be re-opened at 2:00 p.m. after the event.

To register please follow this link. Deadline for registration is 30 September.

For enquiries, please send e-mail to mr2018@kfbg.org or call Ms Hung at 2483 7107.

About The Kadoorie Farm: The Farm was established in 1956 to provide agricultural aid to farmers in need of support to help them lead independent lives. Today, reflecting the changing times, KFBG plays an active role in promoting the conservation of biodiversity in Hong Kong and South China, allied with sustainable agriculture and creative nature education.

Their Mission: To harmonise our relationship with the environment.

Their Vision: A world in which people live sustainably with respect for each other and nature.

Their Values:
Sustainable Living
Appreciating the impact of our actions with regard to current and future generations.
Having awareness of our connection with the environment.
Valuing simple and responsible lifestyles.

Justice
Being fair and accountable. Valuing socially equitable systems that protect
the health of the planet, the people and their way of life.
Protect future generations.

Love
Having self-awareness and understanding of the inter-relationship of all things.
Having compassion and respect for all life. Recognising that outer discord
is a reflection of inner discord. Striving for inner silence.

Participation
Engaging mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually;
fostering respect for different viewpoints, openness, dialogue and teamwork.

Professionalism
Being a role model of caring, integrity, commitment, professional standards and
best practices for partners, organisations, individuals and communities.

Learning
Being adaptive and flexible to changing circumstances. Having a holistic outlook.
Being practical, objective, creative and insightful.

Happiness
Appreciating that our happiness lies in creating and sharing happiness with others.

homegrown_kadoorieVolunteering: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden’s (KFBG) conservation objectives are to help protect Hong Kong and Mainland China’s biodiversity while motivating people to act to care for our natural environment. If you are interested in devoting some time to environmental education and conservation, or, helping KFBG in various types of education programmes and to, generally assist with outdoor work in KFBG, please check out their volunteer page.

Or go and check it out for yourself. With an entrance fee of only $30 and a shop selling organic fruit and vegetables and eggs from their own farm, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden is well worth a visit.