Report on the Bird Watching Festival 2010, Hong Kong Wetland Park, China

24/11/2010

On 6 November 2010, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government organised a special event at the Hong Kong Wetland Park to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the designation of Mai Po Inner Deep Bay as Ramsar Site, which is an important feeding and resting ground for migratory waterbirds.

Officiating guests of the Seminar on “Bird and Wetland Conservation in Hong Kong” (from left): Prof. Kwai-cheong CHAU, Chairman, Nature Conservation Sub-committee, Advisory Council on the Environment; Dr. Llewellyn Young, Senior Advisor for Asia – Oceania, Ramsar Convention Secretariat; Mr. Alan WONG, JP, Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation; Prof. Fung-yee TAM, Chairman, Country and Marine Parks Board.


The event consisted of a "Birds and Wetlands" funfair and a seminar on "Bird and Wetland Conservation in Hong Kong". The seminar covered topics on education and publicity of waterbird and wetland conservation, conservation of waterbird and wetlands habitats, review of the 15 years of Ramsar Site conservation, and habitat management works implemented at various wetlands in Hong Kong to promote their wise use.

With the concerted efforts of the Hong Kong SAR Government and local NGOs over the past years, the Mai Po Inner Deep Bay Ramsar Site has been properly protected and managed. It has also become one of the most important nature conservation projects in Hong Kong. During recent winters, the Ramsar Site has supported up to 70,000 to 80,000 migratory waterbirds, including globally threatened species such as Black-faced Spoonbill, Baikal Teal, Falcated Duck, Spoonbill Sandpiper, Eurasian Curlew and Saunders's Gull.

The two-day “Birds and Wetlands Funfair” attracted 5,900 visitors to Hong Kong Wetland Park.


Located next to the Ramsar Site, the Hong Kong Wetland Park attracts over 230 bird species, which accounts for about 50% of total bird species recorded in Hong Kong, making it an ideal place for bird watching. To enable a better understanding of the importance of conserving birds, an array of activities will be presented at the Hong Kong Wetland Park until February 2011. Highlights include bird watching guided tours, bird watching classes, treasure hunt, photo exhibition, origami workshops, inter-school bird race and a musical. More information about the Bird Watching Festival 2010 can be found at www.wetlandpark.com/wwd2011/.

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