Water & Wetlands
Without fresh water, humankind would certainly perish. Water is the source and the life support system for people and countless numbers of species. Yet, all around the world human activities are polluting, destroying and draining these precious bodies of fresh water – so much so that in the past few decades over 20 per cent of the world’s 10,000 freshwater species have become threatened, endangered or extinct. WWF is committed to reversing this decline.
For more than three decades, the 380 hectare Mai Po Nature Reserve has been a paradise for birds and a beautiful, irreplaceable piece of China’s wetland kaleidoscope. The Reserve is a vital stopover point for waterbirds migrating along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, providing tens of thousands of waterbirds with food and a place to rest on their annual migrations.
As part of the Mai Po and Inner Deep Bay Ramsar Site, the Reserve is of global importance to species like the Endangered Black-faced Spoonbill and of enormous importance to many native species.
Since 1983, the Reserve has been managed by WWF-Hong Kong. We work to ensure that this unique and highly diverse wetland is not only preserved, but that it is also used to both delight and educate people. Today, the Reserve houses one of our three education centres and welcomes thousands of students and members of the general public on tours throughout the year. The Reserve also acts as a training centre for wetland managers from China and around Asia.
In 2016, we embarked on an ambitious renewal programme for the facilities at Mai Po, aiming to transform the Reserve into a true 21st century natural classroom and a regional centre of excellence for wetland training.