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Big Bird Race 2018 is open for registration

17 Mar

WWF-Hong Kong’s longest-running supporter event, Big Bird Race, is now open for registration! The event involves local and overseas bird-watching teams attempting to spot and record the greatest number of bird species in a 12-hour period. Teams can start anywhere in Hong Kong, but must complete the race at Mai Po Nature Reserve.

What are you waiting for? Get your binoculars ready and register now! Registration closes 30 March.

© Michelle & Peter Wong

Common name: Spotted redshank
Scientific name: Tringa erythropus
Body length: 29-32cm
Estimated population in Hong Kong: 2,500 in 1987, 397 in 2012
Occurrence in Hong Kong: Common spring passage migrant, less common in autumn and winter

Date: Saturday, 14 April 2018

Time: 6:30am – 6:30pm

Place: Bird-watching teams may begin anywhere in Hong Kong but must finish the race at Mai Po Nature Reserve.

To find out more about the Big Bird Race and to download the Enrollment Form, please follow this link.

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

You don’t have to be an environmentalist to support the work that WWF-Hong Kong do. No matter who you are or where you live, you just need to believe that the Earth is our one and only home and that we have a duty to care for this planet. If you believe this and can agree to make some changes in your daily life, then you will help create a brighter future for all of us.


Earth Hour 2018 – Take the Earth Hour Pledge

12 Mar

We’re facing the biggest environmental challenge our generation has ever seen. No matter what we’re passionate about, something we care about will be affected by climate change. Sea levels are rising and oceans are becoming warmer.

Climate change poses a fundamental threat to the places, species and people’s livelihoods. It can amplify existing threats and increase biodiversity loss. Our ocean’s diversity of life is at risk from the changing climate. Oceans absorb most of the heat and about 25% of carbon dioxide generated by human. It also hosts coral reefs – the important habitats which house one-fourth of known marine species in the globe. However, thermal and acidification stress in oceans cause coral bleaching and half of the world’s coral reefs have been lost in the past 30 years.

By taking the Earth Hour pledge, you help raise awareness about climate change. “I pledge to support Earth Hour by turning off all non-essential lights for one hour on 24 March 2018 at 8:30pm. I also pledge to safeguard the future of the Earth by treasuring the world’s natural resources, choosing sustainable products, reducing waste as well as promoting and using renewable energy wherever possible.”

Date: 24 March 2018

Time: 8:30 – 9:30pm

Place: Anywhere you want to be

Individual Pledge: To sign up please follow this link

Schools: To sign up please follow this link

Corporates and Organisations: To sign up please follow this link

What else you can do: As part of Earth Hour 18, WWF-Hong Kong wants to issue an Energy Challenge to cut your energy usage by 1% in the next year. Everyone can join the challenge, individuals, families, mom-and-pop shops and companies. Saving money can help us save the Earth. Watch out for WWF-Hong Kong‘s new Energy Challenge digital platform on their website.

About WWF-Hong Kong: WWF-Hong Kong is the independent branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature in Hong Kong. It was established in 1981 as World Wildlife Fund Hong Kong an environmental organization in Hong Kong and has Conservation, Climate & Energy and Education programmes in Hong Kong and Mainland China.

Earth Hour is the largest global environmental movement with enthusiastic participation from various sectors, which attracts attention from large sections of the community every year. WWF-Hong Kong welcomes generous support from corporate partners and organizations on Earth Hour 2018. Please contact WWF-Hong Kong at (852) 2526 1011 or by email earthhour@wwf.org.hk for more details.

Run for Survival 2018

21 Jan

Be a Conservation Hero and brace up to the challenges
Get rid of plastics to stand up for the oceans

Join Run for Survival, all donations raised will be used to support Asian wildlife conservation efforts of the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong.

Run For Survival is open to the public, and includes a 10km Time Challenge race and 3km Fun Run. There are fascinating checkpoints on race court as well as game booths filled with conservation elements.

Date: Sunday, 4 March 2017

Time: 9am – 2pm

Place: Hong Kong Science Park

Price: Register before 22 January and benefit from the early bird discount

The first 600 individual/family registrations will receive an umbrella dryer case
The first 200 registrants of 10km Time Challenge will receive a pair of Xtenex shoelaces
The first 200 registrants of 3km Fun Run will receive an Aimore sports bottle
All participants will receive a Truegrasses A4 folder

Register now by following this link

About Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong: OPCFHK 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.

Since its expansion in 2005, OPCFHK has allocated over $80 million to fund 479 research projects on cetaceans, giant pandas and many other species. In 2015/16, OPCFHK is funding three key projects to monitor and understand the population and habitat of Chinese white dolphins, whilst continuing the operation of the Marine Mammal Stranding Response Team in Hong Kong and providing samples to local universities and the Chinese White Dolphin DNA Bank in China, in order to develop an effective conservation plan for the species. Giant panda conservation efforts were extended from infrastructure rebuilding after earthquake to conservation study, capacity building and habitat restoration in the three provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu. It also inspires university students to engage in field work as part of its University Student Sponsorship Programme in Wildlife Conservation, and connects secondary school students as well as corporations to horseshoe crab conservation efforts in Hong Kong through the rearing and fostering programme.


Green Power

26 Dec

Green Power was founded in 1988 by a group of dedicated volunteers who were concerned about local environmental problems. Since their formation, they have been promoting environmental education as they believe education is the ultimate means of transforming thinking and behaviour.

Here are a few examples of projects Green Power is involved in

Hong Kong’s First Coral Transplant Project:
Hong Kong has a long coastline and as many as 84 species of hard corals; one tenth of the total number of reef-building corals in the world. Corals are known as the “tropical forests” of the ocean as they provide complex microhabitats for many marine species to shelter and breed, enriching the marine ecology.

However, corals are very vulnerable to adverse impacts and require high water quality. Slight changes in sea water temperature, salinity or clarity can lead to their bleaching or even their death. Observations made by Green Power divers reveal that the number of hard corals and their related ecosystems have been decreasing in recent years. For example, at Double Island, Sai Kung, the coral population has declined by up to 80% in the last decade. There are various reasons for this reduction, including global warming, pollution, net fishing and leisure water sports, which all affect corals to different degrees.

As hard corals grow and recover rather slowly, they are hard rebuild from damage through natural regeneration alone. However, artificial transplants can accelerate their recovery. Places around the world such as Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore have all succeeded in artificial transplantation. Now, Hong Kong is carrying out its first project.

The first step of artificial coral transplantation is to collect suitable corals from other areas. In order not to harm the original coral colonies, divers will only collect coral fragments that have fallen off due to a variety of reasons such as typhoon damage. Divers will check the health status and species of the coral fragments, and transplants can be conducted upon suitability being confirmed. As corals can reproduce asexually, when divers fix the coral fragments in suitable target growing locations, the fragments will grow slowly and achieve restoration eventually.

Green Power working with Eco-education & Resources Centre and a group of local divers, carried out its first artificial coral transplant in June 2014. The present stage is rather experimental, focusing near Double Island. 1,500 square metres of hard corals are expected to be restored in 3 to 5 years.

Black Kite Surveyors:
Black Kite is the most common raptor in Hong Kong, which is one of the few places around the world where you can see this bird close in the urban area. Yeung Chau, a 5-hectare uninhabited small island opposite Sai Kung Pier, is a major habitat of Black Kite. Over 400 individuals have been recorded on the island. White-bellied Sea Eagle, a Second Grade National Protected Species, is also observed. Only 10 to 14 pairs of the species are known across Hong Kong. Unfortunately, the government has previously proposed developing Yeung Chau into a tourism spot. The island is also favoured by war gamers. The local birds are seriously threatened.

Since 2017, Green Power has been recruiting secondary school teachers and students to form a Black Kite Surveyor Team. After classroom and outdoor training and assessment, the qualified surveyors will regularly record the numbers and behaviour of Black Kites on Yeung Chau. The ecological databank will be used to advocate the designation of Yeung Chau as a nature reserve to protect the species in the long term.

River Monitoring Teams:
River Monitoring Teams consist of secondary school teachers and students, monitor six major local rivers: Lam Tsuen River, Kam Tin River, Tung Chung River, Shan Pui River, Shing Mun River and Tuen Mun River. Green Power members visit the upper, middle and lower courses and estuaries of the monitored rivers, collecting water samples to measure the river’s environmental information and observe its ecology. The data collected can help compare the changes in water quality and environment, thus, playing a valuable monitoring role.

Furthermore, given the Government’s Tung Chung New Town Expansion Project, Green Power has been dedicated to monitoring the Tung Chung River in recent years. They collect environmental data at different sections and estuaries of the river so as to monitor the impact of the New Town Expansion Project on the river and to provide required statistics for the conservation of the Tung Chung River.

Volunteer: If you are interested in volunteering to help Green Power in their efforts, please contact Green Power at info@greenpower.org.hk


Unwanted Christmas presents? Give to charity

11 Dec

Christmas is a time for giving, but unless you’re incredibly lucky (or sent out a specific list of desired items before), chances are you’ll have at least one gift that you don’t like –or can’t even stand the sight of. You can repurpose them, re-gift them, even sell online, but if you run out of ideas think about donating them to charity.

There are a number of charities in Hong Kong who would welcome your onloved gifts. Here are some suggestions

People’s Food Bank
Too many chocolates, cookies, unwanted Christmas hampers? Donate to the People’s Food Bank. Run by local charity St. James’ Settlement they provide temporary food assistance to the poor. For a list of the food donations accepted and their collection points, please follow this link.

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is one of the most established organisations for recycling goods. Donated goods are sorted, distributed and sold in Family Stores in Hong Kong and Macau. The net proceeds will go to The Salvation Army for use across its invaluable community programmes. Some of the donated goods will be directly helping people in need, such as home alone elderly, street sleepers, ex-prisoners and CSSA recipients.
The Salvation Army accepts
– Clothing, footwear, handbags and accessories, either brand new or used in clean condition
– Electrical home appliances in working order
– Electrical office equipment (e.g. computer, fax machine, printer, etc.) in working order
– Toys (no soft toys), stationery, books, gifts and premiums
– Software / DVD / VCD / CD with copyright
They do not accept
– Furniture, used bed mattresses or bedding
– Medicine
– Food
– Worn-out or broken items
– Used kitchenware
– Used underwear or towels
Donations can be dropped off at one of their many Family Stores, a list of which is provided on their website.

Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth launched the Used Clothes Recycling Program in 2001, which collects all sorts of textile products: used clothes, shoes, bed sheets and handbags. Re-wearables are exported to neighbouring countries while the worn out pieces are turned into wipers for industrial use. They have over 200 collection points – check out their website and find the one closest to you.
If the amount of used clothes exceeds a certain number (e.g. 5 large bags of clothing or more), Friends of the Earth would arrange door-to-door collection service. Please notify them 1-2 weeks before in advance. Please call 2528-5588 for further details.

Po Leung Kuk
One of the oldest charitable institutions in Hong Kong, the Po Leung Kuk was founded in 1878 to rescue women and children from human trafficking. In it’s long history, Po Leung Kuk is best known as an orphanage, today it offers a wide range of social services in Hong Kong including adoption, integrated family services, elderly services, medical and integrated health services, education and much more. Po Leung Kuk welcomes donations-in-kind to fulfil the basic needs of their service recipients, particularly children, the elderly and low-income families! All kinds of items are welcome – electrical appliances, computers, stationeries, toys, books, household accessories, cookware, etc. For any enquiries, please email plkinfo@poleungkuk.org.hk or contact their Corporate Communications Department on 2277 8352 (Corporate Donation) / Social Services Department on 2277 8158 (Individual Donation).

So get rid of the unwanted clutter, donate, help our community and save our environment through recycling.


Walk for Nature at Mai Po 2017

23 Aug

Walk for Nature is now open for registration

Walk for Nature” is an annual fundraising event held in Hong Kong’s iconic Mai Po Nature Reserve that has been held for the past 25 years. Participants walk a set route around the Reserve, which is in the Inner Deep Bay wetlands. Mai Po was recognized as “Wetland of International Importance” under the Ramsar Convention in 1995. Since 1940s, observers at the Mai Po Inner Deep Bay wetlands have recorded a total of 400 different species of birds, accounting for 75 per cent of the known bird species in Hong Kong and giving it a reputation as a paradise for birds. Among them are 35 species that are classified as worldwide endangered species. The Reserve also provides habitat for many species of both flora and fauna.

© Martin Harvey / WWF-Hong Kong

Walk for Nature, WWF-Hong Kong’s most significant educational fundraising event, aims to engage the public about the need to protect Hong Kong’s local natural environment and strengthen their awareness of the importance of environmental conservation.

There are four categories that you can join: Adult, Family, Child or Youth, and Senior.

Date: 4-5 November 2017

Time: 9:30am – 6pm
There will be 10 time slots each day running consecutively at half hour intervals from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Participants can choose their preferred time slot during the registration process.

Place: Mai Po Nature Reserve

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


“Walk for Nature” 2017 is now open for registration. To register, please follow this link.

If you have any questions about the event, please feel free to contact WWF staff at 2526-1011 or email walk@wwf.org.hk.

About WWF: WWF was founded in 1961 by a group of passionate and committed individuals with the vision and determination to change the future – for good of the natural world and for all life on Earth.

Today, WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected conservation organizations, with a network active in more than 100 countries. WWF is currently carrying out more than 1,300 conservation projects around the planet – from small-scale local conservation projects to large-scale species protection projects which span all continents.

Their goal is to build a future in which humans can live in harmony with nature.


Volunteer Gardener needed – WWF

10 Jul

© WWF-Hong Kong

World Wide Fund For Nature Hong Kong is one of Hong Kong’s leading conservation and environmental education organisations. WWF is currently looking for volunteers to deliver gardening works in their Island House Conservation Studies Centre, Tai Po

To support all-round Centre horticulture and maintenance works.

* Has solid working experience in horticulture work and maintenance British style garden;
* With knowledge in maintenance of garden facilities and horticulture equipment;
* With knowledge / experience in organic Farming;

Time: Monday to Sunday: 9 am – 6 pm; anytime

Place: Island House Conservation Studies Centre, Island House Lane, Tai Po, New Territories

If you are interested, please indicate your interest with below information to volunteers@wwf.org.hk .
* Full name
* Contact number
* Available date and time

If you are not an existing WWF volunteer, please fill in the volunteer application form for register first.

Volunteer Application Form: http://d3q9070b7kewus.cloudfront.net/downloads/volunteer_application_form_20170704.pdf

About WWF: WWF was founded in 1961 by a group of passionate and committed individuals with the vision and determination to change the future – for good of the natural world and for all life on Earth.

Today, WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected conservation organizations, with a network active in more than 100 countries. WWF is currently carrying out more than 1,300 conservation projects around the planet – from small-scale local conservation projects to large-scale species protection projects which span all continents.

Their goal is to build a future in which humans can live in harmony with nature.