World Wetlands Day 2000: Follow-up report on Mai Po, Hong Kong, China
I am pleased to share with you about the World Wide Fund For Nature Hong Kong's World Wetland Day programmes organised at Mai Po Nature Reserve on 2 February 2000.
A media visit and a special visit for a group of primary students were organised on World Wetland Day at Mai Po Nature Reserve in Hong Kong. The purpose of the program was to arouse public concern to wetland conservation through press and TV news reports. By using the critically endangered migratory bird, Black-faced Spoonbill, as a flagship species, the event successfully attracted over 15 reporters from both TV and newspaper companies and the event was reported by 3 TV stations and over 6 local newspaper. It is estimated the global population of Black-faced Spoonbill is only about 700 individuals and some 25% spend winters at Mai Po and Inner Deep Bay wetlands in Hong Kong.
The importance of wetland conservation for wildlife and people, with special focus on using wetlands for educational purpose, were highlighted in the news reports. With reference to the media mileage, our environmental messages was successful spread to the general community through TV and printed-media on this World Wetland Day 2000.
The event organised on 2 February also launched the WWF HK education programmes, 'Save the Critically Endangered Black-faced Spoonbill by conserving wetlands'. Field trips and seminar will be organised in the coming few weeks for educators and bird watchers, as well as the fishermen from the local community. Informative leaflets will be produced to support the activities. The second phase of public awareness program by poster-advertising at Mass Transit Railways Stations, one of the most frequently used public transport in Hong Kong, will be held in March 2000.
The project was funded by the Environment and Conservation Fund and Environmental Campaign Committee, and it is assisted by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government.
I should be most grateful if you could share your project experience of organizing environmental education programmes with the use of flagship species, especially birds, to promote wetland conservation. Your advise would be useful reference for our future project planning.
Thank you for your attention. Yours truly,
Idy Wong, WWF HK Senior Education Officer
Address: Island House CSC, Island House Lane, Tai Po, N.T.