Beautiful Lantau – and the Concrete Plans

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      got larger jpg files of the Lantau maps, for up to A3 printing

      just added files for A4 printing to the article on the maps

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      New maps highlight threats to Lantau’s natural beauty

      Hong Kong’s largest and most beautiful island facing slew of developments

      Hong Kong, May 2006 — Civic Exchange – an independent public policy think tank – has commissioned two maps to raise public awareness of the unprecedented and sustained development pressures facing Lantau. One, Beautiful Lantau Island, shows the unique and priceless natural assets Lantau currently offers. The other, Lantau Concrete Plans, illustrates the possible effects of those development proposals currently on the table.

      “Lantau is a beautiful island with wild mountains, ravines, a stunning coastline and an immense biodiversity – Lantau is an essential green lung both for Hong Kong and for the entire Southern China” says Christine Loh, Chief Executive Officer of Civic Exchange. “A number of haphazard development proposals have been tabled in a top-down government report and if these proposals are implemented, irreparable damage would be done to one of Southern China’s last wild and natural places.”

      Many of the potential developments have been proposed in the government’s Concept Plan for Lantau. They range from a huge bridge across the Pearl River to Zhuhai and extensive reclamations to support an industrial park, to hotels and concrete cycle trails bulldozed through the coastal bush. Others were omitted from the Concept Plan, notably a massive, 245-hectare reclamation off uniquely scenic Tai O for a yet-to-be-justified container port, and a Liquified Natural Gas Terminal on the Soko Islands, which had previously been shelved, after public consultation, for a marine reserve.

      “Lantau has become the ‘wishing tree’ for every conceivable undertaking,” said Clive Noffke of the Green Lantau Association. “There have been suggestions for everything from a casino and a motor racing track, to a ski slope and a man-made beach on one of our finest natural beaches.”

      Villages dot the lowlands beside old rice fields roamed by cattle and water buffalo. There are so many temples than Lantau was once known as ‘The Island of Prayer’. Isolated by many years by a lack of road access, Lantau has been preserved from the frenetic development that characterizes urban areas.

      Generations of Hong Kong people have come to love Lantau, its huge vistas, magnificent beaches, and the peace and contentment that being in contact with nature brings. Today, legions of children visit Lantau as part of their school curriculum; picnickers, hikers and campers are among the many other Hongkongers and overseas tourists who enjoy Lantau. Financial Secretary Henry Tang heads the taskforce charged with planning Lantau developments, yet has acknowledged, “Lantau is Hong Kong’s biggest and most beautiful island”.

      Sadly, if development protagonists have their way all that is going to irrevocably change. “The Concept Plan asserts that the government aim is for sustainable development and that the plans are balanced,” says Noffke. “Yet the emphasis is solely on development, and there is no mention of future generations who are supposedly crucial in the governments own definition of sustainable development.”

      There are no measures proposed to protect coastlines, streams and rivers, heritage sites, or key sites for bio-diversity.

      “We hope that these maps will serve to bring the issues to the attention of legislators and the public, and bring increasing pressure on government to embark on an integrated and visionary planning approach for this magnificent and unique island,” says Loh.

      Copies of the maps will be sent tomorrow to legislators, concern groups, consultative bodies, academics and the government departments responsible. Copies can be obtained on application from Civic Exchange (Tel: 2893 0213) and low resolution copies are available on Civic Exchange’s website at




      Christine Loh, Civic Exchange, tel: 9802-8888

      Clive Noffke, Green Lantau Association, tel: 6290 5870

      Bob Bunker, Living Islands Movement, tel: 9037-6407

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      Article in HK Standard, on the multitude of development plans threatening Lantau:
      Lantau disappearing under development wave

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