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WWF-HK Island House Festival – 29 Feb

If you are bored cooped up at home from too much home office, how about spending a day in the great outdoors at WWF’s Island House Conservation Studies Centre in Tai Po?

Discover sustainable solutions to change the way we live at Island House Conservation Studies Centre in Tai Po with talks from conservation experts, eco-guided visits around the historic building and surrounding grounds, film screenings and some game booths. Come visit with your family and friends and learn how to reduce your ecological footprint.

Date: 29th February – 1st March, 2020 (Sat & Sun)

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Place: Island House Conservation Studies Centre, Tai Po, see map here

Price: $50.00 – $60.00
All participants receive 30 days WWF-Hong Kong membership and one food coupon & one beverage coupon to be used at the festival.

To register, please follow this link

For enquiries, please email community@wwf.org.hk or call the service hotline at 2161 9631

About WWF HK: WWF Hong Kong (WWF HK) 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.

WWF Hong Kong has over 120 full-time staff working in five offices located in Kwai Hing, Central, Tai Po, Mai Po, and Hoi Ha Wan[1] with nine voluntary committees made up of over 50 people. WWF’s Hong Kong’s current membership is about 230,000.

WWF Hong Kong carrying out biodiversity research across Hong Kong, such as the firefly surveys of their Mai Po Marshes nature reserve. The surveys have also incorporated citizen science participation and using this approach to further monitor biodiversity across Hong Kong, WWF has incorporated iNaturalist and the City Nature Challenge into activities at their Mai Po and Hoi Ha Wan centres. Other Citizen Science activities they’ve helped coordinate in Hong Kong include the ecological survey and coastal clean-up programme called Coastal Watch.

Earth Hour 2020 – 28 March


Started by WWF and partners as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now one of the world’s largest grassroots movements for the environment, engaging millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories. It has become a catalyst for positive environmental impact, driving major legislative changes by harnessing the power of the people.

2020 is a watershed year for our planet’s future. We have just 10 years to meet urgent goals set out to rein in the world’s climate crisis and preserve the Earth’s biodiversity.

Nature is essential for all the things we need to survive and thrive. But human activity is pushing the natural system we all rely on to the edge, threatening all life on Earth.

World leaders must commit to an ambitious New Deal for Nature and People that protects and restores nature by 2030 – safeguarding at least 30 per cent of natural spaces and sustainably managing the rest, while limiting global warning to 1.5C.

To achieve that we must start at home, where there’s much to be done to reach our goal of transforming Hong Kong into Asia’s most sustainable city.

We can transform Hong Kong’s natural environment by:

Protecting our Wetlands
With local biodiversity at risk, we need to protect wetlands of ecological value from unauthorised habitat destruction

Managing our Oceans
This year is potentially our last chance to protect Hong Kong’s Chinese white dolphins by expanding our marine protected areas, particularly in waters off West and South Lantau. We need 30% of our waters to be designated as MPAs by 2030!

Revolutionising Energy
In order to do our part in tackling the climate crisis, Hong Kong needs to scale up use of renewable energy by embracing new technology in order to meet our 10% RE target by 2030.

Rewilding Our Wild
As a major hub for the illegal wildlife trade, Hong Kong must strengthen enforcement against the poaching, trafficking and consumption of the world’s most threatened species. We call for the shutdown of all wildlife markets across Asia and for communities to protect and help restore wildlife populations.

Change the way we live, change the way YOU live. Take the Earth Hour Pledge now!

Date: 28 March 2020

Time: 8:30-9:30pm

Place: Everywhere

Price: What’s the earth worth to you?

2020 WWF Big Bird Race


Big Bird Race is WWF-Hong Kong’s longest-running birdwatchers event. Generating strong enthusiasm locally and from overseas, the event has grown in the last three decades, attracting teams that will vie to spot the most species in 12 hours. For novice birdwatchers, WWF-Hong Kong has a secondary-school race (for Trainee teams) to give young participants a chance to learn more about birds and birdwatching through a full-day training course and participate in the Big Bird Race. Funds raised by teams directly contribute to the habitat management of Mai Po Nature Reserve, to give birds and other wildlife a better home. Stay tuned for the race arrangements.

Youth Team Race
Alongside the annual professional race, WWF-Hong Kong launched a new race for secondary-school students last year with a full-day training course provided prior to the 4.5 hour race. The secondary school race aims to help young participants learn more about nature in a practical and engaging way, while grooming the next generation of bird-lovers to take part in the conservation of Mai Po Nature Reserve. This race also aims to emphasise the importance of securing the management of Mai Po Nature Reserve. The second edition of the Youth Team Race rides on the huge success of last year’s inaugural event. Results from this race will contribute to the data analysis of the Mai Po Nature Reserve management. Click here for Race Arrangements.

Date: Saturday, 15 February 2020
Registration close for Secondary School Race – 17 January
Registration close for Professional Race – 31 January

Time: 6am – 6pm

Place: Geographically, teams may start anywhere in Hong Kong but must end at Island House to submit their log books.

Price:
Minimum team donation: HK$6,500
*Each team will be made up of four members, including a team captain. Teams may be accompanied by one extra non-bird-watching recorder.

About WWF-Hong Kong: Found in 1961, WWF (then known as the World Wildlife Fund) was registered as a charity in Switzerland with the aim of conserving wildlife and habitats. In the years to come, WWF has broadened this focus to the wider implications of man’s activities on the environment.

WWF establishes office in Hong Kong in 1981, with a mission to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

One last word before Christmas…give generously

This will be the last blog post of the year. As we dive into the Festive Season, spare a thought for those less fortunate. With the continued social unrest, it’s been a particularly difficult year for nonprofits to raise funds with many fundraising events either postponed or cancelled. They need your help more than ever.

So please spare a thought for them and donate generously. The organisations listed under Volunteer Opportunities on this blog would welcome your donations.

Happy Holidays, posts will resume in the New Year!

WWF Connect2Nature 4 Kids


Through outdoor experiential learning at WWF learning centres, children learn about the link between humans and nature, nurturing a positive attitude towards our natural environment.

Features
Explore incredible natural environments
Learn about nature at Mai Po Nature Reserve, Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park and Hoi Ha Marine Life Centre, Tai Po natural coastline & Island House Conservation Studies Centre

Enjoy nature in a FUN way
Children develop an appreciation for nature through experiential learning and citizen science activities in natural habitats

Enhance collaborative skills
Group missions encourage active communication and collaboration among children

Learn from experienced educators
Facilitate children’s experience that can be applied to their daily life

Programme starts in January — book your place now!

JUNIOR ORNITHOLOGIST

Ever wondered why Mai Po Nature Reserve is called a bird paradise?

Join WWF’s Junior Ornithologist programme and let your kids view first-hand the thousands of migratory birds that pass through the reserve each year. Kids ages 6-12 will discover the world of ornithology while developing patience and observation skills through bird watching, games and a variety of other activities, including keeping a “wild journal”. Limited capacity.
Age: 6-12
Activity Time: 8:30am to 5:30pm

Date: 11, 12, 18 January 2020

Time:
Morning
Explore Hong Kong’s only wetland nature reserve
Fun games about birds
Lunch @ Mai Po Nature Reserve (provided by WWF)
Afternoon
Observe and record migratory birds

Place: Mai Po Nature Reserve

Price: HK$ 900/child
For more information and to register please follow this link.

JUNIOR URBAN ECOLOGIST

Be one of WWF’s Junior Urban Ecologists and discover Hong Kong’s rich and extraordinary urban biodiversity at city parks and natural coastlines. Through games and observation at Tai Po Waterfront Park and Island House Conservation Studies Centre, children and parents will learn about the relationship between organisms and the environment, while nurturing interest in local species. They will also create their own urban “Pokédex” for recording urban wildlife encountered.

Date: 8, 22,23 February 2020

Time:
Morning
Learn about urban ecology through interactive games
Discover urban biodiversity
Lunch @ Island House (provided by WWF)
Afternoon
Natural coastal exploration
Create urban “Pokédex”
Age: 6-12 (must be accompanied by at least 1 adult)
Activity Time: 8:30am to 5:30pm

Place: Tai Po Waterfront Park and Island House Conservation Studies Centre

Price: HK$ 1350 (1 Child and 1 parent) ,
HK$ 900 for 2nd Child,
HK$ 450 for 2nd parent
For more information and to register please follow this link.

JUNIOR OCEANOGRAPHER

Kids will explore a marine environment and experience the work of an oceanographer at Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park. They will learn to observe beach organisms as well as microscopic plankton and investigate seawater quality and its relationship with marine life. The programme content aligns with General Studies curriculum and STEM education.

Date: 19, 25, 26 April 2020

Time:
Morning
Coastal exploration
Use of scientific equipment to find out characteristics of seawater
Lunch @ Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park (provided by WWF)
Afternoon
Plankton observation & art workshop
Coral observation on glass-bottom boat
Age: 6-12
Activity Time: 8:30am to 5:30pm

Place: Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park

Price: HK$ 900/child
For more information and to register please follow this link.

About WWF HK: 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, 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.

Island House Festival 7-8 Dec


Discover sustainable solutions to change the way we live at WWF-Hong Kong’s Island House Conservation Studies Centre in Tai Po, featuring talks by conservation experts, eco-guided visits, workshops, film screenings and a green market with live music, DIY workshops, face painting and more!

Come with your family and friends and learn how to reduce your ecological footprint.

Date: 7-8 December 2019 (Saturday & Sunday)

Time: 10:30am-5pm

Place: Island House Conservation Studies Centre, Tai Po

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 its mission to better serve Hong Kong’s conservation and education needs and align themselves with WWF’s global strategy.

Volunteer Opportunity: WWF-HK Exhibition and Panda Shop Assistant


World Wide Fund for Nature Hong Kong is one of Hong Kong’s leading conservation and environmental education organisations. They are currently looking for volunteers to assist in the operations of the Sea for Future Exhibition and Panda Shop, as well as assist in organic farming

Please click here for more details and enrollment

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

Please email volunteers@wwf.org.hk for enquiries.

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 its mission to better serve Hong Kong’s conservation and education needs and align themselves with WWF’s global strategy.

Walk for Nature Birds and Beyond – 2-3 Nov


The annual Walk for Nature will be held for the 28th consecutive year at Hong Kong’s iconic Mai Po Nature Reserve! Recognised as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention in 1995, Mai Po Nature Reserve has been drawing observers since the 1940s and has become known as a bird paradise, with a total of 400 bird species recorded inside the Mai Po Inner Deep Bay wetlands, accounting for 75 per cent of the known bird species in Hong Kong. Among them are 35 species that are classified as worldwide endangered species. Walking along the set route around the reserve, participants not only enjoy the beautiful scenery, but they will also learn about the importance of conservation and how to develop a sustainable lifestyle by participating in a series of interactive challenges set up at various checkpoints. Walk for Nature is an ideal activity for families and friends, groups and anyone who wants to experience a relaxing and meaningful weekend!


While Mai Po Nature Reserve is famous for bird-watching, the unique wetland habitats attract rich biodiversity within the reserve, which is why this year’s theme is Birds & Beyond. At Walk for Nature, participants can glimpse some of the wetland’s nocturnal inhabitants, including bent-winged fireflies, Eurasian otters and the small leopard cat.

Through activities held along the walking route, participants learn about the importance of preserving biodiversity and conserving Hong Kong’s natural environment.

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

Date: 2-3 November 2019 (Saturday and Sunday)
*Participants can choose one date only

Time: 10:00 to 17:00
There will be nine time slots each day running consecutively at half-hour intervals from 10:00am-2pm. Participants can choose their preferred time slot during the registration process.

Place: Mai Po Nature Reserve

Information and Registration: For more information and to register, please follow this link to WWF’s website

Registration closing date: 18 October 2019

About WWF Hong Kong: Founded in 1981, WWF Hong Kong’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment, and to help build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

Hoi Ha Wan Festival 13-14 Jul

Where can I find a coral reef in Hong Kong?

Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park is one of the first marine parks in Hong Kong, it has more than 60 coral and 120 fish species. On 13-14 July this year, come and explore Hong Kong’s marine life in WWF Hong Kong‘s glass-bottomed boat at the center. You can also enjoy a screening of A Plastic Ocean, a documentary about the perils of plastic in our oceans and talks from our WWF-Hong Kong experts. Come and enjoy a marine weekend with your family!

Date: 13 – 14 July,2019

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Place: Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park, Jockey Club HSBC WWF Hong Kong Hoi Ha Marine Life Centre
For directions to get there, please follow this link

Price: $150-$180

To register please follow this link

For enquiries and for more information, please email community@wwf.org.hk or call their service hotline at 2161 9631.

About WWF: 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.

Earth Hour 2019 – Change the Way We Live


Hong Kong is proud to once again be part of the world’s largest environmental movement.

The theme for Earth Hour 2019 is “Change the Way We Live”.

By symbolically switching off the lights at 8:30p.m on 30 March 2019, we focus our efforts on preserving the earth’s biodiversity – and closer to home – safeguarding Hong Kong’s remaining ecologically important areas and species from development pressures.

Whether it’s coming together for the April City Nature Challenge, pledging to ditch single-use plastics, or joining WWF’s Energy Challenge, we can go beyond Earth Hour to protect and preserve our environment’s rich biodiversity. So on this 13th edition of Earth Hour, let’s pledge to do more to protect nature!

Reduce…
Eliminating single-use plastics is one of the main conversation points of this year’s Earth Hour. Plastics is a key component of marine litter, and WWF Hong Kong looks to tackle the city’s marine litter problem with solutions that can replace single-use plastics in our community. WWF Hong Kong is enlisting marine-related stakeholders – recreational groups and businesses, diving groups, as well as the fishery and seafood industry – to take a proactive role in formulating long-term solutions to reducing marine litter.

Rethink….
Hong Kong people consume more per person than in many other countries.

According to an analysis of our local ecological footprint, Hong Kong people are living beyond the Earth’s limits. All of our daily activities – from switching on lights, buying clothes to traveling abroad – consumes the world’s natural resources. If the rest of the world lived like Hong Kong did, we would need 4.2 Earths to meet our total demand on nature! It’s time to rethink how we can lighten our ecological footprint…whether it’s recycling, using less energy, switching to renewables or buying less. By making better choices in our daily life, we can reduce our ecological footprint and conserve our planet’s valuable natural resources.

Change the way we live
Living a more sustainable lifestyle is not complicated. There are countless small actions you can do in your daily life that can make a big impact over time. In Hong Kong, half of our ecological footprint is from food (21%), clothing (15%), personal transport (8%) and electricity (7%).

Our daily consumption as an individual, family and business level accounts for 76 per cent of Hong Kong’s ecological footprint, among which, clothing, food, energy and transportation contribute to the most. To avoid over-consumption of renewable natural resources, we need to start with changes in our daily behavior. The choices we make can have a considerable impact on our sustainable future, and showing retailers and manufacturers that we want sustainable options will create more demand for and hence the supply of them!

Your support is vital to realise a vibrant future. Sign up, donate now, and let’s change the way we live!

Date: 30 March 2019

Time: 8:30-9:30pm

Place: Everywhere

About Earth Hour:
2007 – Earth Hour is born in Sydney, Australia on 31 March. The campaign unites 2.2 million Australians and delivers a strong and unmistakable message that climate change is an issue they care deeply about.

2008 – Earth Hour goes international. Nearly 400 cities in 35 countries participate in this global campaign, with major landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the Colosseum in Rome going dark during Earth Hour.

2009 – Earth Hour breaks all records for mass participation, becoming the world’s largest movement for the environment. Hong Kong begins to mark Earth Hour. Prominent city landmarks including the International Finance Centre, the Cultural Centre and the Tsing Ma Bridge go dark for one hour.