WWF Hong Kong - Conservation
Mai Po Nature Reserve  / ©: WWF-Hong Kong


To conserve Hong Kong’s rich wildlife biodiversity and unique habitats, WWF works around the region to protect local ecology and educate the public through extensive conservation programmes and initiatives.

Freshwater and Wetlands

Inland freshwater and coastal wetlands are among the most important yet least appreciated links in the ecological chain. Functioning as an ever-moving engine for nature, they provide a life support system that is crucial to wildlife and mankind alike. Yet numerous threats, particularly development, challenge their very existence.

 / ©: Neil Fifer
Conservation - Freshwater and Wetlands
© Neil Fifer


Hong Kong’s waters once thrived with a rich variety of marine life. However, our waters are now dominated by juvenile fish with the once healthy populations of many locally important species disappearing since the 1950s. Chinese Bahaba and Hong Kong Grouper used to fill the local seas and are rarely found now, while the Pearl River Estuary Chinese white dolphin population, the largest in the world is living in distress under the threats of development, pollution and overfishing.


 / ©: WWF-Hong Kong
Marine Food web
© WWF-Hong Kong

Environmental Watchdog

Many of Hong Kong’s ecologically sensitive areas lack adequate policy legislation and management, and face continuous threats from urbanization, habitat destruction, waste dumping and other damaging practices. WWF takes action to alert the Hong Kong government to illegal environmental activity, as well as scrutinizing development projects to avoid and mitigate human impacts.


 / ©: Alan Leung
Tung Chung River 2006 - Clear water before disturbance
© Alan Leung


Conserving Hong Kong’s biodiversity requires protecting both individual species and the habitats upon which they depend. Ongoing research and programmes are needed to successfully achieve this goal, as greater knowledge of the status of various species will enhance our ability to act and greater awareness can draw actions on protection.


 / ©: Jürgen Freund / WWF
Green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas. Indo-Pacific Ocean.
© Jürgen Freund / WWF