The Hong Kong Wetlands Conservation Association (HKWCA) is a non-government organisation founded in July 2018. Our aim is to promote conservation of wetlands and wetland associated nature.  HKWCA is also keen on advancing environmental education and sharing global and local experience in wetland management.

Key works:

  • Exchange of global and local experience in wetland conservation and management, through forums, workshops and exchange platform etc.
  • Educational programmes: Encompass multiple approaches, including learning, appreciation, action, engagement and communication, to promote wetland conservation in the community. Encourage public participation and harness the power of community in conservation.
  • Network building: Overseas study tours and visits to connect with wetland reserves and centres in other places.
  • Advocacy for local wetland conservation policy and strategy.

    * We have joined as a member of Wetland Link International (WLI)

    (Wetland Link International (WLI) is a global network of wetland centers founded by Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (WWT) and endorsed by Ramsar)

Left to Right: Ms SO On Man, Cammy, Ms Mee-Ling YAU, Dr. MAN Chi Sum, JP & Dr. Michael LAU


President:            Dr. MAN Chi Sum, JP

Chairman:            Dr. Michael LAU

Vice Chairman: Ms. Mee-Ling YAU

Secretary:            Ms. SO On Man, Cammy


According to the “Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat” (Ramsar Convention 1991), wetland is defined as “areas of marsh, fen, peatland or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt, including areas of marine water the depth of which at low tide does not exceed six metres” .

Based on Ramsar’s definition, wetland types in Hong Kong include reservoirs, fish ponds/gei wais, mangrove and swamp, streams and nullahs, wet agricultural lands, mudflats and coastal waters.  According to the latest (2016-2017) land use data compiled by Planning Department, excluding wet agricultural land (which is not differentiated from the category of agricultural land), intertidal mudflats and coastal waters (area below the High Water Mark which is not included), only about 4.6% of total land area (i.e. 51km2 out of 1111 km2) is classified as wetland in Hong Kong 1.

Land Utilisation in Hong Kong (Source: Planning Department1)

Figure 1: Land Utilisation in Hong Kong (Source: Planning Department in https://landforhongkong.hk/en/demand_supply/index.php)


Hong Kong Wetlands Conservation Association

Room 2315 Gala Place

56 Dundas Street



Hong Kong SAR

Tel: (852) 5547 9784

Email: info.hkwca@gmail.com

Website: www.hkwca.org.hk