Long Valley Management Agreement

As part of the PPP pilot program, we received a total of six applications for land in Sha Lo Tung, Tai Ho, Mui Tsz Lam – Mau Ping, Wu Kau Tang, Yung Shue O and Tin Fook Wai. Subsequently, project proponent Tin Fook Wai withdrew his application. In evaluating the PPP proposals, the net benefits of proposals to improve site conservation, potential adverse environmental effects resulting from proposed developments, the sustainability of proposals and the long-term commitment of the proponent, etc., were given due consideration. In April 2008, the government consulted with the Environmental Advisory Committee and supported the Sha Lo Tung project from a conservation perspective. As part of the new conservation policy (NNCP) announced in 2004, funding for the Environmental and Nature Protection Fund (ECF) Management Agreement (MA) is being provided to allow non-governmental organizations to enter into management agreements with landowners to improve the conservation of the 12 priority areas for better conservation. In 2018, a new MA project was launched in Sha Lo Tung to protect its existing habitats and preserve its natural landscape through restoration and active management. The University of Hong Kong was commissioned to conduct a study on the food site and to study the relationship between habitat types, management measures, food availability and bird use. The conservatory association also organized guided tours of the site and involved the villagers in the work. Both projects have shown that thoughtful management of sensitive areas, in collaboration with landowners and villagers, can bring a net benefit to the environment. In 2007, the two supporters joined forces and made a joint request to the ECF to continue its work in Long Valley. The funds have been approved and will allow them to expand the scope and scope of their conservation efforts so that the benefits can be extended to other neglected areas.

The third pilot management agreement focused on butterfly conservation in the Fung Yuen Valley, Tai Po. The Tai-Po Environment Association has worked to improve and protect the area of particular scientific interest in the valley and has developed a conservation program to this effect. The HKSAR government announced the new conservation policy in November 2004. The directive contains a list of 12 priority sites for better conservation. NGOs and businesses are encouraged to promote the protection of nature on these sites through two business models: the Management Agreement (MA) and the Public-Private Partnership (PPP). Long Valley and Ho Sheung Heung is one of the priorities. Environmental education is also one of the most important elements of the project. A large number of activities are organized around wet rural ecology, birds and agriculture, such as Z.B. Eco-tour, conference, exhibition, agricultural experience, invasive species removal, etc., so that students and the general public can learn and experience Long Valley from different angles. In recent years, Hong Kong agriculture has continued to contract. The management project also promotes environmentally friendly agriculture and conveys to the public the message “Supporting local ecology by supporting local agricultural products.”