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就3月27日《東周刊》及3月29日《星島日報》及《頭條日報》關於對后海灣魚塘保育的報導,文章中引述本會對保育后海灣濕地的建議,出現偏差,就此作出澄清。星島日報及頭條日報亦未有訪問本會。

本會的宗旨是保育濕地,亦思考怎樣將荒廢私人魚塘妥善管理,以提升它們的生態及社會價值,而非如《星島日報》報導標題所說在濕地建屋。本會建議可考慮在新界西北的棕地和閒置土地(包括濕地緩衝區及以外地方)的發展提高發展密度,換取濕地保育區內私人魚塘作為保育管理和傳統養魚業操作,令環境、社會和經濟同時得益,達至真正的可持續發展。

有關報導:

《東周刊》(2019年3月27日)

《星島日報》(2019年3月29日)

《頭條日報》(2019年3月29日


WETLANDS IN HK

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)

CONTACT

Hong Kong Wetlands Conservation Association

Room 2315 Gala Place

56 Dundas Street

Mongkok

Kowloon

Hong Kong SAR

Tel: (852) 5547 9784

Email: info.hkwca@gmail.com

Website: www.hkwca.org.hk