Wetland park right next to my house!
By Lok Sze, Law
Hong Kong wetland park is one of the conservation promotion projects, aimed at promoting and education the importance of biodiversity conservation as well as a tourism booster. The wetland park was opened in 2006, located at the northern part of Tin Shui Wai, it has 61 hectares land coverage in total and it consists of a visitor centre containing galleries, stores and education sections (AFCD, 2013). This wetland park is actually very close to my high school and where I live, it’s like 20 minutes walk from my school. So to speak, this park is in the middle of a residential community. Undoubtedly, the concept of setting up this park is a wonderful idea giving the fact that it actually conserves the key habitat for a wide range of plants and animals. Also, it provides chance to the public to understand the wildlife, not just knowledge we could learn from textbooks, but actually ‘walk’ inside the environment which is closely connected with us in every breath we make, yet so far away from our daily life. (I know this sort of wildlife is everywhere in Australia but it is so rare in a big city like Hong Kong.) However, the residential development keeps growing and the value of land is a big block of gold in developers’ eyes. Sooner or later the wetland park will be surrounded by all the residential buildings and community facilities, this park is going to suffocate due to pollutions (noise and air pollution are the major ones) and loss of connectivity. The government should stop developing the areas close to the park as we are not only developing buildings but high-rise buildings and the whole community. People appreciate the wetland park only when we look down from our windows from 35th floor, but not so much when we walk pass it on the way to work. The government should take more serious action on land development and biodiversity conservation. setting up a wetland park doesn’t solve all the problem, the maintenance and increase of connectivity is essential.
AFCD, 2013. Wetland Park. [Online]
Available at: http://www.afcd.gov.hk/english/conservation/con_wetpark/con_wetpark.html
[Accessed 20 5 2013].
By Lok Sze, Law