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Nicola 1st tpb, 19 may 14

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Nicola 1st tpb, 19 may 14

  1. 1. HOI HA MARINE PARK and RIVER VALLEY Sacrificed to the Small House Policy? Nicola NEWBERY
  2. 2. I first visited Hong Kong in 1966
  3. 3. Emigrated to HK 20 years ago • HK is my home • I am a Hong Konger • Adopted 2 children • My son has a 3* HK ID card • Lived all their lives at Hoi Ha • We love Hoi Ha • Hoi Ha is our home • Resident for 18 years, we are Hoi Ha villagers • We are major stakeholders.
  4. 4. Environmentalist I studied Environmental Impact Assessment at the Open University of Hong Kong Still work with my Professor - an expert on Hoi Ha’s mangroves Founded Friends of Hoi Ha in 2003, an environmental NGO Guiding school children and university students around Hoi Ha for 18 years Relocating starfish to Starfish Bay
  5. 5. Disappearing Countryside • New Territories: used to be remote and beautiful • Gradually the hills were flattened • Valleys were concreted and cities built • Wilderness areas still remain in our Country Parks and Marine Parks – but now under threat from plans to develop • Come with me to Hoi Ha…
  6. 6. Where is Hoi Ha?
  7. 7. Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park
  8. 8. Hoi Ha Road
  9. 9. Hoi Ha is Special  64 species of hard stony corals  1989 – Site of Special Scientific Interest  1996 – Marine Park
  10. 10. MARINE BIRDS - CORMORANTS Protected species, winter visitors to HK pass through Hoi Ha
  11. 11. White-bellied Sea Eagle and Osprey Protected Birds
  12. 12. Yellow Seahorses IUCN Status: Vulnerable
  13. 13. The intertidal shore is also a habitat
  14. 14. The beaches are fringed by mangroves
  15. 15. Site of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  16. 16. Tourist Destination 96,000 Visitors a year
  17. 17. A SCUBA-diving Destination Sailing Boats moor overnight Dive Boats come for the day
  18. 18. Outdoor Education and Field Trips
  19. 19. The River Valley and Marine Park are a Biodiversity Hotspot  Sea – including a lagoon  Shore  Rivers  Forest  Marshland  Open canopy shrubland  ALL VALUABLE HABITATS  See Lego Ho’s film: The Beauty Of Hoi Ha.mp4
  20. 20. LAGOON
  21. 21. Mangroves
  22. 22. Mangrove flowers – providing nectar for insects
  23. 23. Marshland starts at the coast
  24. 24. MARSHLAND – insect habitat
  25. 25. Streams flow through the marsh and into the sea
  26. 26. FOREST BEHIND THE MARSH
  27. 27. RIVER VALLEY FOREST Nature has reclaimed the abandoned agricultural fields on the valley floor Now a 50-year old forest
  28. 28. CHAMPION TREE Banyan Tree and native epiphyte living in harmony
  29. 29. Bracket Fungus Dead trees support life
  30. 30. Forest Streams This one flows through the middle of the forest Parallel to the main Hoi Ha Stream Exits through the marsh into the sea.
  31. 31. The main Hoi Ha Stream
  32. 32. Crabs live in the stream Protected orchids live alongside
  33. 33. Seasonal Marsh
  34. 34. Rare moth in the seasonal marsh Erebus hieroglyphica, Owlet Moth family Within Hong Kong, this species is only found at Hoi Ha Hundreds of moths found by Dr. Kendrick at this marsh
  35. 35. Seasonal Stream in Seasonal Marsh
  36. 36. Stream exits the Marsh into the sea
  37. 37. Open Canopy Shrubland
  38. 38. Very Rare Butterflies
  39. 39. Rare butterflies
  40. 40. Hoi Ha is surrounded by forest
  41. 41. Fung Shui Forest to the east
  42. 42. What is Fung Shui Forest? • Mature, relatively undisturbed forest beside a village, typically less than an hectare in area • Dense and tall with old trees and vines, including protected species such as the Incense Tree, Aquilaria sinensis • Surrounded by secondary and modified woodland which as a whole are of high ecological value • Very important for maintaining biodiversity, rich in flora and fauna
  43. 43. Indian Muntjac Deer Porcupines
  44. 44. Leopard cats Wild Boar
  45. 45. Snakes Monkeys
  46. 46. Beetles Ants
  47. 47. Species Recorded by AFCD Flora 243 Fish 26 Molluscs 20 Insects (Misc.) 24 Crustaceans 10 Butterflies 7 Amphibians & Reptiles 4 Birds 1 Moths 0 Spiders etc. 0 Other Marine Fauna 0 Mammals 0 Recorded by NGOs 222 20 27 139 26 50+ 37 97 237 50 6 11 Poor Data from AFCD “NGOs” include: HK Wildlife, FOHH, KFBG, HK Birdwatching Society NGO DATA HAS BEEN COMPLETELY IGNORED
  48. 48. Plans to develop and destroy Hoi Ha • You have now explored much of the river valley and looked into the Marine Park. • You have seen that Hoi Ha is a special wilderness area, a biodiversity hotspot l loved by the public, • The reason we are here today is because you have to decide how to zone Hoi Ha
  49. 49. Facing an Environmental Disaster? A Monument to the Small House Policy
  50. 50. Death of the Marine Park?  The forest keeps the sea clean and the coral healthy
  51. 51. Conservation Area Please protect Hoi Ha’s HABITATS and BIODIVERSITY • Protect our forests from being felled • Protect our streams from being diverted • Protect our marshlands from being drained • Please Save our Marine Park • Please confine development to the existing village • Please zone Conservation Area and Coastal Protection Area. • Please place farming in column 2 to stop ‘Destroy First, Apply Later’ tactics
  52. 52. A Plan Which Conserves Bio-Diversity and Preserves Hoi Ha for Future Generations.
  53. 53. Thank you. Any questions?

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