Almost a year since being established, the Sustainable Lantau Office has zero achievements in nature conservation.
After I suggested bird records and photos could help conservation on south Lantau, I was asked to recommend places; wrote these notes:
In southeast Lantau, there's an area that's easily overlooked, yet can make for a fine day outing: the Chi Ma Wan Peninsula.
Lantau mentioned in today's policy address, by Chief Executive [soon to step down] CY Leung:
Development of Lantau
A consideration of science suggests the reclamation plans, including for East Lantau Metropolis are foolhardy, even irresponsible.
An island built with grandiose plans for housing, businesses, industry - creating a city out of the sea…
Sound like Hong Kong’s plans for East Lantau Metropolis?
Well, also the plan for Caofeidian, by Tianjin in e China - shamelessly called an “eco city” despite involving destruction of wetland that supported great numbers of birds inc threatened species.
The Lantau Development Advisory Committee has called for comments from the public on plans to develop eastern Lantau and nearby islands into a transport, tourism and economic metropolis housing one million people serving the Pearl River Delta. As an adviser on infrastructure finance in Asia, I suggest the following.
There’s much to see and do on Lantau Island.
Notes to accompany a hike by the Oxbridge Society (HK) Members. From Pak Mong, Ngau Kwu Long, and Tin Liu Tsuen in the Tai Ho Valley and on to Mui Wo.
By Peter Stuckey, 27 October 2012
Tung Chung Bay, north Lantau, is in an area that has featured in China’s history, and is rich in biodiversity - yet will be devastated by expansion of Tung Chung town. 香港應珍惜東涌灣 [see below]