6 June 2016 at 12:56 am #8902
Helping show the damage and threats to Pui O are far from new, this is from a 2007 email by Professor Paul Harris [there’s surely earlier material, just not readily found online right now]I am writing to express my concerns about the Revised Concept Plan forLantau. I am concerned about the plan itself, and I am very concernedthat HKSAR Government departments are already allowing the aims of theplan to be undermined by ongoing and planned development andconstruction on southern Lantau Island. Indeed, the concepts underlyingthe plan are already being violated in countless ways. Let me providejust a few contemporaneous examples.CB(1)1790/06-07(03)During in the last fortnight alone, the so-called ‘Coastal ProtectionArea’ for Pui O identified in the plan and specifically a designatedgrove of mangrove trees in a tidal zone adjacent to Ham Tin Village arebeing reclaimed at a rapid pace, mostly with building rubble andrubbish, some of it clearly toxic as indicated by container labels.(This reclamation has speeded up since a photo of the damage appearedin the South China Morning Post a few weeks ago.) What is more, thisreclaimed land is being used to construct a large new multi-unitvillage house. Any casual observe visiting Ham Tin can see thedestruction of wetland.