The government proposes re-zoning a large swathe of the Wetlands Buffer Areas surrounding Mai Po Nature Reserve to allow development of new towns. In this edition we review the ecological importance and precarious state of wetlands generally and the strong case against the re-zoning.
Illegal wildlife trafficking is an increasingly significant cause of the loss of biodiversity globally. Hong Kong has long been a major hub for this illegal trade, but our government has been slow to address this critical environmental problem, which is the focus of the main article in this edition of the UPELQ.
Hong Kong’s record in protecting the environment is mediocre at best; but it is especially poor in respect of our marine environment. In this edition we revisit the abysmal lack of action by the government to establish a meaningful, robust network of marine protected areas.