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It is with great joy and pride that we celebrate the 40th anniversity of Mai Po Nature Reserve with all of you. This incredible milestone is a testament to the unwavering dedication and commitment of the WWF Hong Kong in preserving this precious wetland and its magnificent biodiversity.
The Reserve and the Inner Deep Bay wetlands have long been a haven for wildlife and a crucial stopover for migratory birds along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF). As the world's only Ramsar site within a global financial centre, the Reserve stands as a shining example of wetland management and serves as a regional hub for wetland conservation and training.
For four decades, the Mai Po Nature Reserve has stood as a shining testament to the crucial role that wetlands play in our ecosystem and climate resilience, and as a nature-based solution, it is imperative that we raise awareness about their importance and encourage more people to join us protecting them.
But as we celebrate this momentous occasion, we also look towards the future, eager to continue our vital conservation work.
With the recent completion of the Mai Po Infrastructure Project, The Reserve has been upgraded into a world-class “nature classroom”, greatly enhancing our capacity for wetland training, research, environmental education programmes, and community outreach activities. The upgrades will allow us to be a catalyst for wetland conservation and education, further amplifying public awareness of the importance of wetlands.
These state-of-the-art new facilities at Mai Po will take the Reserve and Inner Deep Bay to a new height. By fostering a sense of connection with nature and nurturing environmental stewardship, we can inspire more people, including our future generations to protect and conserve our natural heritage. I hope they will truly appreciate and be inspired by the breath-taking beauty of this remarkable jewel, and deepen their understanding of this internationally renowned wetland.
Together, let us continue to champion the cause of wildlife preservation and wetland conservation for many generations to come. May our collective efforts ensure a thriving and harmonious coexistence between humans and nature.
A Eurasian otter research and education project is launched, bringing together specialists, citizen scientists and students to advance understanding of this rare species in Hong Kong, learn about its ecology in and around the Reserve, identify its conservation needs, and raise public awareness.
Another community engagement initiative launches this year, the “Powering Our Wetlands” project, which begins by revitalising a local villager’s abandoned gei wai next to the Reserve.
The Mai Po Nature Reserve Infrastructure Upgrade Project was made possible, thanks to a historic HK$347 million grant from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. The project aims to consolidate the Reserve’s leading role as a centre of excellence for wetland management. It will transform the Reserve into a world-class nature classroom, with the new WWF Jockey Club Peter Scott Visitor Centre being the highlight of the project’s four independent elements.
CHAIRMAN (2021 TO PRESENT)
“At WWF-Hong Kong, conservation and education are always the fundamental objectives and core focuses. We must aim towards striking a balance between humans and the healthy natural environment, with a clear conscience to motivate the people of Hong Kong to carry out sustainable behaviour and attitude.”
Mr. Dan Bradshaw