Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department



Conservation Projects

AFCD has commissioned a number of Conservation Projects and Studies to collect baseline information of the ecological conditions of the Mai Po Inner Deep Bay Ramsar Site.

Baseline Ecological Monitoring Programme

[collection of sediment]

Under the Ramsar Convention and the recommendation of the Conservation and Management Plan for the Ramsar Site, the then Agriculture and Fisheries Department initiated a Baseline Ecological Monitoring Programme (BEMP) for the Ramsar Site in 1998. In 2000, a Technical Manual (TM) was prepared by the Hyder Consulting as the guide for the implementation of the programme.

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department has implemented the Baseline Ecological Monitoring Programme since 2001 in order to establish baseline datasets of the ecological characters of the Mai Po Inner Deep Bay Ramsar Site.


The fundamental objective of BEMP is to monitor the ecological conditions of the Ramsar Site so that the ecological values of the area can be maintained and improved through management and other measures. In the long run, it is wished that an ecological baseline dataset of the Ramsar Site could be established based on the data of BEMP for ecological assessment.


[Taking water samples in Mai Po]

The programme includes monitoring of both core ecological parameters including analyses on benthic fauna, habitat quality and changes and supplementary data namely water quality, sediment quality and sedimentation rate.






Other Conservation Projects and Studies

Waterbird Monitoring Programme at Mai Po Inner Deep Bay Ramsar Site

Age Structure Assessment of Wintering Black-faced Spoonbill in Hong Kong

Coordinated count of Black-faced Spoonbill


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Last Review Date : 17 November 2017