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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

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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.

Price:

“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.

e-Farm

26 Jun

e-Farm is a group of enthusiasts from different walks of life and of different ages with one common goal– doing something for our community and our environment. e-Farm practices organic farming with a target of making it environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.

e-Farm Goals
efarm 21. Offering safe and healthy vegetable produce
Farming requires skills to cope with natural threats but the practice of improving yield by using chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides) causes environmental and health issues that harm the farming industry in the end. Organic farming follows the principles of nature and it sustains the environment.

2. Keeping organic farms thriving
e-Farm promotes environmentally friendly models of agriculture to attract more people to join the trade to keep organic farming thriving.

efarm 33. Preserving valuable knowledge of our ancestors
Farming is an old trade. The collective wisdom of our ancestors on farming is our invaluable asset and it is our job to preserve it and pass it on to our children.

4. Researching for new farming techniques
Through trials and errors, e-Farm has an improved the understanding of nature and have identified more effective farming techniques. e-Farm will learn more by researching further.

5. Sharing farm knowledge
Nowadays, organic farming is getting more popular and sharing among farmers is crucial to sustainability of the trade. e-Farm loves to share our farming techniques and experience with other farmers and those who are interested in organic farming.

efarm6. Educating laypeople and school children
Greenhouse effect, toxic fruits and vegetables, carbon footprints… there are a lot of environment issues that we, whether young or old, all need to work on together.

7. Maintaining a get-away destination for urban dwellers
Anyone who looks for a get-away destination can come to e-Farm’s quiet, peaceful and natural environment to relax.

What you can do:
Volunteer – Learning-by-doing, at the farm. Try your hand at caring for animals, growing veggies, engaging kids in the natural world. Volunteers receive training and guidance, and the chance to get their hands dirty!

Community Gardening – Let e-Farm be your backyard! e-Farm welcomes urban dwellers to come and grow produce on their farm- All you need to bring along is a pair of work boots, e-Farm will provide the rest: seeds, young plants, fertilizers, tools and guidance.

Bring the Kids – There is nothing more exciting than a child’s enthusiasm and wonder about the natural world. e-Farm wants to teach the next generation to love and respect the natural environment and believe the best way to learn is by getting involved.
e-Farm hopes you will bring your child to their farm to explore the plants, insects and animals – in the stream, field and forest.
Veggie exploration: See what kind of seasonal produce is being grown and learn to identify a variety of fruit, vegetables and herbs
Stream exploration: see frogs, fish, shrimps, etc. in their natural habitat
Forest exploration: Hike through the forest surroundings, spot butterflies, birds and other small creatures in their natural environment

You don’t need to live off the grid or grow your own crop in order to protect the environment. Simply do your bit to protect the environment and you can make big changes happen!

For more information, visit their Facebook page or contact e-Farm by sending them an email at efarmhk@gmail.com

WWF Walk for Nature 2015

11 Jul

© WWF-Hong Kong

© WWF-Hong Kong

Walk for Nature is WWF Hong Kong’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 their 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 2015 the 24th consecutive year of this event.

© WWF-Hong Kong

© WWF-Hong Kong

This year, Walk for Nature will be held on Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th of November. Participants can to choose one of the two days, but not both days.

By participating in Walk for Nature you will be able to discover and explore the natural beauty of Mai Po. You will also personally experience the joy of bird watching, learn about the importance of wetlands and be able to participate in entertaining game stands. The event route is about 5 km and has an estimated completion time of 3 to 4 hours.

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.

A free shuttle bus service will be provided between 8:30AM and 6:00PM on the event days to transport participants from Sheung Shui MTR station to Mai Po Nature Reserve and back again.

This event is only suitable for people aged 4 and above. For safety reasons, baby strollers and prams are not allowed in the Reserve.

Date: 7 – 8 November 2015 (Sat and Sun)
(You can choose to attend one of the two days)

Time: 9:30AM – 6:00PM
(You can begin their walk in 10 different time slots)

Location: Mai Po Nature Reserve

Cost: You can sign up as an Individual ($500 minimum donation), Family comprising of two adults and one to two youths aged 4-17 ($1,600 minimum donation), Individual Youth aged 4-17 ($350 minimum donation), and Senior 60+ ($350 minimum donation)

Walk for Nature 2015 public enrollment will begin in mid August / early September and end on 10 October 2015. For enquiries please contact WWF Hong Kong at Tel 2526 1011 or walk@wwf.org.hk or visit their website by following this link.

© WWF-Hong Kong

© WWF-Hong Kong

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.

The Jane Goodall Institute (Hong Kong)

2 Dec

jane goodallFounded by renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, the Jane Goodall Institute is a global nonprofit that empowers people to make a difference for all living things. Their work builds on Dr. Goodall’s scientific work and her humanitarian vision.

Specifically, the Jane Goodall Institute seeks to:
– Create a worldwide network of young people who have learned to care deeply for their human community, for all animals and for the environment, and who will take responsible action to care for them.
– Improve global understanding and treatment of great apes through research, public education and advocacy.
– Contribute to the preservation of great apes and their habitats by combining conservation with education and promotion of sustainable livelihoods in local communities.

Although Jane Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977, its birth can be traced to the moment Jane stepped out of a game warden’s boat onto a pebbly beach at what was then the Gombe Stream Game Reserve in Tanzania.

Jane’s life story and mission have special appeal for young people. They respond not only to her passion for and curiosity about animals, but to her courage and steadfast hope for a better world. Reaching out to young people is a high priority for Jane, and conservation education is a critical part of JGI’s work. The Jane Goodall Institute helps create the leaders of tomorrow through their global youth program, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots. Roots & Shoots nurtures values of civic responsibility, environmental stewardship, and peace.

The Jane Goodall Institute (Hong Kong) was established in 1999 and has focused it’s efforts on establishing the Roots & Shoots program for Hong Kong’s youth.

You can join the Roots & Shoots network of people working to make a difference in their communities. By joining Roots & Shoots Hong Kong you have access to useful resources, are able to attend Roots & Shoots workshops and events and will have the ongoing support from Roots & Shoots staff to help you plan and implement your own project(s). For more information about Roots & Shoots, please visit their website.