Which is why WWF’s role as an environmental watchdog is so important in Hong Kong. There are currently different legislations covering different areas and issues, but there is no policy covering conservation as a whole, nor territory-wide conservation objectives. Without such a policy in place, the effectiveness of conservation protection will continue to be limited.
WWF advocates for the Government to develop and adopt a holistic conservation policy. This requires a legislative framework that facilitates and enables effective and sustainable conservation and environmental management. By working alongside the Legislative Council, WWF’s goal is fix the gaps in current legislation and ultimately see such a holistic policy installed.
WWF has long carried out an environmental watchdog role in the territory with considerable success. There are systems and procedures in place whereby people can get involved and give comment as new issues emerge, and WWF uses these opportunities to provide our expert guidance and input. In addition to alerting the government to illegal environmental activity, WWF is one of very few environmental groups that proactively scrutinizes new development projects in ecologically sensitive areas, using our expertise to suggest ways that threats to biodiversity can be avoided or reduced.