Management Agreement (MA)
With grants of $4.62 million from the Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF), three MA pilot projects at Fung Yuen and Long Valley were launched by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in end 2005. A review of MA was conducted in May 2007. The increase in the numbers and diversity of birds as well as the increase in diversity of butterfly habitats suggested that MA Scheme is effective in enhancing the conservation value of the sites. In addition to the direct benefit to species, the MA projects also raised the public and local villagers’ awareness of conservation. Noting the merits of the Scheme, the ECF supported the continuation of the MA Scheme and approved funds for these projects in early 2008 and 2010. Furthermore, a MA pilot project at Ramsar Site and Deep Bay Wetland outside Ramsar Site was launched by NGO in January 2012 so as to restore and enhance the conservation value of commercial fishponds in the Northwest New Territories. Currently, more than 15 hectares of private land and 700 hectares of fishponds are under active conservation in the Scheme.
In June 2011, the ECF Committee supported the extension of the MA Scheme to cover Country Park enclaves as well as private land within Country Parks in order to further enhance the conservation of Country Parks.
Other interested parties may download the updated "Guide to Application" and "Application Form" below.
Public-Private Partnership (PPP) - Pilot Scheme
Under the PPP Pilot Scheme, we received a total of six applications, which involve land located at Sha Lo Tung, Tai Ho, Mui Tsz Lam & Mau Ping, Wu Kau Tang, Yung Shue O and Tin Fook Wai. Subsequently, the proponent of the Tin Fook Wai project withdrew its application.
In assessing the PPP proposals, due consideration had been given to the net benefits of the proposals in enhancing conservation of the site, possible adverse environmental impacts arising from the proposed developments, the sustainability of the proposals and the long-term commitment of the proponent, etc. In April 2008, the Government consulted the Advisory Council on the Environment and supported the Sha Lo Tung project from the conservation angle.
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