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Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation
© WWF-Hong Kong

Climate change is the world’s largest and most complex environmental challenge. Global warming appears to be occurring faster than predicted and our planet is losing its biodiversity at an alarming rate. Wetlands offer a solution: they serve as important buffer areas for climate mitigation and species projection – securing their future is vital to our planet and everything on it.


Black-winged Stilt Floating Breeding Platform

 Black-winged Stilt Floating Breeding Platform
© HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity

WWF invited students from the HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity to form a design team to focus on creating safe nesting space for wetland wildlife affected by the climate crisis. Their mission is to design a floating breeding platform where Black-winged stilts can nest in Mai Po without being disturbed by floods or heavy rainstorms. The students worked under the guidance of their teachers, collected data, went on site visits, experimented with materials, and produced a prototype platform. The team is currently working hard to produce the final version of the platform.


Sharing from participants

Kenneth Lee (teacher):
The participating students got to learn more about local ecology and the need for conservation, while also learning how to generate ideas, solve problems and design solutions. It was especially important for them to understand that while product design skills are useful for business, they’re also very useful in non-commercial areas like conservation.

Agnes Ng (student):
We learned a lot about migratory birds during our Mai Po visits, this helped us enhance parts of the nesting platform design. We also learned from our experience, trying different combinations and stacking up different materials to create the best platform – like using soil, weeds and metal nets; or stones, weeds and shells.


Coco Lam (student):
We visited Mai Po twice, once on a familiarisation tour and then to do field research and collect materials for the platform. These visits helped us learn about the importance of Mai Po Nature Reserve and wildlife conservation. Seeing the massive number of birds at Mai Po was an unforgettable experience, because it’s so uncommon in Hong Kong. When building the platforms, I felt so happy every time our teammates met, came up with ideas and came up with the best solution. We also learned quite a bit of insider knowledge.

Cheung Sin Kei (student):
Our second Mai Po visit was so inspiring – when we collected wood scraps for the platform, we found some termites, which allowed me to see the vibrancy of Mai Po’s wildlife with my own eyes. I also learned that there are many different species of birds in Hong Kong that need our protection. I really hope our floating platforms give Black-winged stilts a better place to live!