biodiversity

Nature cannot be treated like chess pieces for mitigation work

Article in The Ecologist rips into the notion that if ecologically sensitive area to be developed, could be ok to recreate the ecosystem.
- in HK, get some similar attempts: remember when Long Valley was to be ruined by KCR viaduct, and there were ideas for recreating something like it nearby? Plus other "mitigation" schemes: better than nothing, but rarely/never as good as simply protecting what there is already!

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Changing baselines vs biodiversity conservation support

I've seen biologists refer to "changing baselines" - in which depleted natural environments can become accepted as normal, perhaps reducing support for conservation as many people barely realise what's missing.

Biodiversity and Hong Kong city parks

I was recently among a small group of people from Living Cheung Chau and the Association for a Beautiful Hong Kong who visited an urban park in north Cheung Chau together with a team from the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD). Our primary focus was on recently installed railings – as a Living Cheung Chau member believed far more had been added than was really necessary.

Hong Kong biodiversity and global warming

Human induced climate change could have a massive impact on biodiversity worldwide - including Hong Kong, where impacts are perhaps already evident.
But is it even happening? Following is email exchange in loosely gathered working group on Biodiv Strategy and Action Plan for Hong Kong.

Media articles related to Biodiversity Plan for Hong Kong

A China Daily article published in January 2013 looked at Hong Kong conservation and the biodiversity plan, through a visit to Nam Sang Wai in the Deep Bay wetland.

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Conflicts between development projects and environmentalists seem to be escalating in Hong Kong. The government is working on plans to resolve tensions and protect biodiversity.
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The Nam Sang Wai project is just one of a growing number of environmental flashpoints between developers and green groups.

Hong Kong biodiversity may benefit from strategy

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Conflicts between development projects and environmentalists seem to be escalating in Hong Kong. The government is working on plans to resolve tensions and protect biodiversity. Doug Meigs reports.
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The Nam Sang Wai project is just one of a growing number of environmental flashpoints between developers and green groups.
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