Senior Head of Local Biodiversity and Regional Wetlands Programme
Dr Michael Lau re-joined WWF-Hong Kong in 2011 as the Senior Head of Local Biodiversity and Regional Wetlands Programme. From an early age, Michael had a keen interest in wildlife, particularly in reptiles and amphibians. After graduating from university, he worked for WWF-Hong Kong at Mai Po Nature Reserve from 1987 to 1991. He was the Reserve Manager when he left to pursue Ph.D. research at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) on the habitat use of Hong Kong amphibians and the conservation of endemic Romer's Tree Frog.
During his time at HKU, he also took part in the Hong Kong Biodiversity Survey and was in charge of the terrestrial vertebrates survey. After completing his Ph.D., Michael joined another local green group and led a forest conservation programme in southern China, while continuing to work on biodiversity projects in Hong Kong.
Michael is a member of several IUCN Species Survival Commission specialist groups and helped with the Red List assessment. Currently, he is responsible for WWF’s Local Biodiversity and Regional Wetlands programme, working with the teams to ensure that development projects will not affect Hong Kong’s unique terrestrial and marine biodiversity, to proactively conserve and manage threatened species and habitats, including Mai Po Nature Reserve, to advocate a holistic conservation policy, and to strengthen the conservation of migratory waterbirds along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway.