• Linking environmental educators from Hong Kong and Incheon for conservation of migratory waterbirds

    Environmental education is key to conservation efforts. Exchanging knowledge and…


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  • WWF-Hong Kong celebrates World Migratory Bird Day with Earth Hour Concert

    In celebration of the World Migratory Bird Day on 14 May, WWF-Hong Kong hosted an online concert featuring popular Hong Kong artists to raise awareness of migratory birds and wetland conservation. This year’s focus of the World Migratory Bird Day is “Light Pollution” to address this growing threat to migratory birds. The theme is aligned with Earth Hour’s concept, each year, people across the world join hands to switch off their non-essential lights for one hour for our nature. The online concert is an extension of Hong Kong’s Earth Hour event under the theme “Habits Protect Habitats”, calling for public support to change our habits and take action now to create positive impacts on our planet. Photo Credit: © WWF-Hong Kong The concert started with an introduction to World Migratory Bird Day and highlighted the importance of wetland conservation. 12 celebrities performed 18 songs and participated in mini-games that related to conservation and sustainable living. The event has received a positive impact, more than 3,000 people joined and supported the concert. Besides, an Earth Hour MV “Dear future self in 10 years” was also released featuring Earth Hour ambassadors and kids, with beautiful nature scenes of Mai Po and soundbites advocating for nature conservation and changing our habits. Meanwhile, WWF-Hong Kong has also collaborated with East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) and launched an updated Education Pack “Lolo’s Flying Journey” about Black-faced Spoonbill. Our education team has been using this tool virtually through engaging Zoom sessions to educate Hong Kong students, despite the COVID restrictions during the past three months. These activities have received positive feedback from students and teachers. The online learning and teaching materials developed by WWF-Hong Kong can be found here. Both Earth Hour and World Migratory Bird Day are not just about an hour or a day, it’s about committing every day to safeguard our nature and change the way we live. COVID has shown how connected our world is now but also how fragile it can be. Forests are fragmenting, rivers and streams no longer flow as they use to and wetlands are disappearing. We need to reflect on what we have done to nature and how we can fix it. There’s no time to waste and we have to act now to change our habits, even from the most simple things like “dim the lights”, together, it’s still possible to turn the tide and create a nature-positive world. Photo Credit: © William Yeung / WWF-Hong Kong Article prepared by Karen Zhang from WWF-Hong Kong.


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  • World Migratory Bird Day: WWF collaborates with EAAPF to Launch an Updated Education Pack “Lolo Flying Journey” about Black-faced Spoonbill

    In line with the celebration of  “World Migratory Bird Day” on 14 May to raise awareness on protecting migratory birds and their habitats, WWF Hong Kong collaborates with the East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP), with the generous support from Incheon Metropolitan City of the Republic of Korea and Hanns Seidel Foundation, launches the updated Education Pack “Lolo Flying Journey” about Black-faced Spoonbill today. The updates of the education pack was brought forward under the Incheon-Hong Kong Sister Site Arrangement signed in 2019. “Lolo Flying Journey” is an Education Pack featuring Black-faced Spoonbill to educate knowledge about migratory birds and wetland conservation. Through a fun and interactive game, participants would play the role as a Black-faced Spoonbill and experience their thrilling and exciting migration journey. The Black-faced Spoonbill is classified as an ‘Endangered' species on The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. There are only a little over 6,000 individuals in the world and the bird is inherently vulnerable to extinction. They, together with millions of other migratory birds, migrate along the East Asian – Australasian Flyway (EAAF) twice every year and would encounter different situations which affect their survival. The game also conveys the importance of conserving different wetlands,  between  Mai Po Nature Reserve and Inner Deep Bay (EAAFP FNS 003) in Hong Kong, the wintering ground, and Songdo Tidal Flat (EAAFP FNS 145)  in Incheon, Ro Korea, the breeding ground, for the protection of Black-faced Spoonbill and other migratory waterbirds. The Education Pack is targeting 6 to 15 year-olds, to enhance their understanding of human-nature environment, promote their interest and concern for Nature (particularly about migratory birds and wetlands), widen their horizon on global issues, and help them to develop positive value towards conservation of natural environment and wildlife by adopting a sustainable lifestyle. It includes an interpretation note and a manual for teachers and educators, English, Chinese and Korean versions are available. The original version of “Lolo Flying Journey” was in use for over 10 years in Hong Kong for environmental education. The new version provides more updated information, while WWF and EAAFP are also expecting to bring the pack to wider users in other places. Training and learning activities for teachers and students would be held soon. Digital version of updated “Lolo Flying Journey” can be downloaded from the following sources: (English version) https://www.wwf.org.hk/en/reslib/education/wetlands/ (Traditional Chinese version) https://www.wwf.org.hk/reslib/education/wetlands/ (Korean version) Link   About WWF-Hong Kong WWF is a leading global conservation organization, with a network active in more than 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. WWF-Hong Kong has been working since 1981 to deliver solutions for a living planet through conservation, footprint and education programmes, with the aim of transforming Hong Kong into Asia’s most sustainable city. For more information, please visit: wwf.org.hk (Chinese version)   響應「世界候鳥日」 WWF聯同EAAFP推出更新版教材套「Lolo飛行手記」 推廣遷徙水鳥和濕地保育 為響應5月14日的「世界候鳥日」,喚起全球關注保護候鳥及其生境,世界自然基金會香港分會(WWF)與東亞—澳大利西亞遷飛區伙伴關係協定(East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP)) 合作,並承蒙韓國仁川市政府和漢斯·賽德爾基金會(Hanns Seidel Foundation)的支持,推出更新版遊戲教材套「Lolo飛行手記」。 「LoLo飛行手記」是一套以候鳥遷徙和濕地保育為主題的教材套,透過生動有趣的遊戲,讓參加者化身成黑臉琵鷺,體驗刺激又驚險的遷徙旅程。黑臉琵鷺被《世界自然保護聯盟紅色名錄》列為「瀕危」物種,全球數目只剩6千多隻,面臨絕種威脅。牠們每年兩次和成千上萬其他品種的候鳥沿著東亞—澳大利西亞遷飛區遷徙,有機會遇上各種各樣的狀況,影響牠們的生存。遊戲帶出保育各地的濕地對遷徙候鳥的重要性,包括黑臉琵鷺的渡冬地—香港的米埔自然保護區和內后海灣 (EAAFP FNS 003),以及其繁殖地—韓國仁川的松島潮灘(EAAFP FNS 145) 。 本教材套旨在讓6至15歲的學童認識人類與大自然的關係、提升他們對大自然的興趣及關注 (尤其有關候鳥和濕地)、擴闊國際視野,最終幫助他們建立對保護自然環境和野生生物的正確價值觀,並實踐符合可持續原則的生活習慣。教材套包括使用手冊、遊戲冊和講解重點,供老師和教育工作者參考。現時設有英文、繁體中文和韓文的版本。 香港政府和韓國仁川市政府於2019年簽訂諒解備忘錄,令香港米埔內后海灣和韓國仁川松島潮灘成為東亞─澳大利西亞遷飛區鳥區網絡下的「姊妹鳥區」,並促成是次推出更新版教材套。第一代的「LoLo飛行手記」已推出超過十年,主要對象為香港本地群體。更新版為參加者提供更合時宜的資訊,WWF和EAAFP更期望將教材套推廣至全球其他地方使用—第一站將會為南韓的教師和學童舉辦教材套培訓和學習活動。 電子版的「LoLo飛行手記」教材套可於以下網址下載: (英文版)https://www.wwf.org.hk/en/reslib/education/wetlands/ (中文版)https://www.wwf.org.hk/reslib/education/wetlands/ (韓文版) (link)   關於世界自然基金會 世界自然基金會是全球性環保組織,分會及辦事處遍佈全球逾 100 個國家。世界自然基金會的使命是建立人類與大自然和諧共存的未來。世界自然基金會香港分會自 1981 年成立,透過保育及教育項目提出解決方法,推動香港成為亞洲最可持續發展的城市。查詢更詳細資料:wwf.org.hk  WWF와 EAAFP, 세계 철새의 날 기념 “저어새 롤로의 하늘을 나는 여행" 개정판을 출시하다 EAAFP(동아시아-대양주 철새이동경로 파트너십)와 세계자연보호기금(WWF) 홍콩지부는 인천광역시와 한스 자이델 재단의 아낌없는 지원을 받아 5월 14일 "세계 철새의 날"을 기념하여 제작된 교육자료 "저어새 롤로의 하늘을 나는 여행" 개정판을 출시한다 밝혔다. 교육자료 제작은 2019년에 체결된 인천-홍콩 자매서식지 협정에 따라 추진되었다. "저어새 롤로의 하늘을 나는 여행"은 철새와 습지 보호에 대한 교육자료로 저어새 ‘롤로’가 주인공으로 등장한다. 게임을 통해 참가자들은 저어새 롤로가 되어 긴장감 있고 흥미진진한 여정을 경험하게 된다. 저어새는 세계자연보전연맹(IUCN)의 멸종위기종 적색 리스트(Red List of Threatened Species)에 '멸종위기종'으로 지정되어 있다. 전 세계적으로 약 6,000마리의 개체가 남아있고 멸종위기에 처해있다. 저어새는 수백만 마리의 다른 철새와 함께 동아시아-대양주 철새이동경로 (EAAF)를 따라 매년 2회 이동하며 생존에 영향을 미치는 다양한 상황에 직면하는 것으로 알려져 있다. 이 게임은 저어새뿐만 아니라 다른 이동성 물새를 보호하기 위해 월동지인 홍콩의 마이포 습지 자연보호구역(EAAFP FNS 003)과 번식지인 대한민국 인천의 송도갯벌(EAAFP FNS 145) 사이의 다양한 습지 보전의 중요성을 전달한다. “저어새 롤로의 하늘을 나는 여행”은 6세에서 15세 사이의 어린이를 대상으로 하며, 인간-자연 환경에 대한 이해도와 자연(특히 철새와 습지)에 대한 관심을 높이고, 문제에 대한 시야를 넓히고, 지속 가능한 생활 방식을 취하여 자연환경과 야생 동물의 보전에 대한 긍정적인 가치 인식을 높일 것으로 기대된다. 해설지와 교사 및 교육자를 위한 설명서가 포함되어 있으며 영어, 중국어, 한국어 버전이 제공된다. "저어새 롤로의 하늘을 나는 여행"의 원본 버전은 환경 교육을 위해 홍콩에서 10년 넘게 사용된 것으로, 올해 출시된 개정판은 전세계적으로 사용될 것으로 기대된다. "저어새 롤로의 하늘을 나는 여행"의 디지털 버전은 아래 링크에서 다운로드할 수 있습니다. (영어 버전) https://www.wwf.org.hk/en/reslib/education/wetlands/ (중국어 번체 버전) https://www.wwf.org.hk/reslib/education/wetlands/ (한국어판) Link EAAFP(동아시아-대양주 철새이동경로 파트너십) 소개 EAAFP (동아시아-대양주 철새이동경로 파트너십)은 2002년 지속가능발전 세계정상회의 (WSSD) 발의안 목록에 채택된 자발적이고 비형식적인 국제기구로 동아시아-대양주 철새이동경로 전반의 이동성 물새와 그 서식지를 보전하기 위해 2006년 11월 설립되었습니다. 현재 EAAFP에는 18개의 정부 파트너, 6개의 정부간 국제기구 파트너, 13개의 국제 NGO 파트너와 1개의 국제기구 파트너, 1개의 다국적 기업부문 파트너로 총 39개의 파트너들로 구성되어 있습니다. EAAFP는 인류와 생물다양성을 이롭게 하기 위하여 동아시아-대양주 철새이동경로 내의 이동성 물새들과 그 서식지가 잘 알려지고 보전되도록 노력하며, 다음과 같은 목적을 지향합니다. WWF(세계자연보호기금) - 홍콩지부 소개 WWF는 100개 이상의 국가에서 활동 중인 네트워크를 가진 세계 최대 국제 자연 보호 단체입니다. WWF의 사명은 인간이 자연과 조화롭게 사는 미래를 만드는 것입니다. WWF-홍콩지부는 1981년부터 홍콩을 아시아에서 가장 지속 가능한 도시로 변화시키는 것을 목표로 보전, 생태계 발자국 및 교육 프로그램을 통해 살아있는 지구를 위한 솔루션을 제공하기 위해 노력해 왔습니다. 자세한 정보는 www.wwf.org.hk를 참조하십시오.


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  • Call for 2022 Application to the Asian Waterbird Conservation Fund (AWCF)

    Fion Cheung, AWCF Secretariat © Mongolian Bird Conservation Centre The AWCF was established by WWF-Hong Kong in July 2005 to provide financial support for projects at sites of importance for migratory waterbirds (including seabirds) in Asia of the East Asian – Australasian Flyway (EAAF). In late 2019, the AWCF was reformed and two new grants, the WWF Dr Lew Young Grant and the Asian Flyways Initiative Grant (AFI Grant), were set up to extend the support from the EAAF to the Central Asian Flyway (CAF). The goal of the two new Grants is to support projects on the ground in Asia that will lead to the conservation of migratory waterbirds and their habitats in the EAAF and CAF, particularly through partnership with the local community at the site. WWF Dr Lew Young Grant Dr Lew Young was a passionate conservationist dedicated in the conservation of Asia’s wetlands and waterbirds. When he was with WWF-Hong Kong to manage the Mai Po Nature Reserve from 1991 to 2008, he was actively involved in the designation of Mai Po Inner Deep Bay Ramsar Site, launched the wetland management training programme and created education programmes for students and visitors. In 2008, Dr Young was appointed as the Senior Regional Advisor for Asia and Oceania for the Ramsar Secretariat and provided support on the strategic development and effective implementation of the Convention. Dr Young joined the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership Secretariat as Chief Executive in 2018. During his term, he developed the 2019-2028 Strategic Plan and the DPR Korea also joined both the Ramsar Convention and the Partnership. On 5th of March, 2019, Dr. Young passed away while on a working trip to develop conservation actions for the intertidal wetlands of the Yellow Sea in Beijing. In 2019, WWF-Hong Kong set up the WWF Dr Lew Young Grant for his whole-life dedication and significant contribution to wetland conservation. The maximum amount is US$10,000/project. AFI Grant In 2019, WWF established the Asian Flyways Initiative to coordinate among the various organizations and stakeholders to ensure that both the EAAF and the CAF are conserved so that ecologically connected stepping-stone corridors can be sustained for the long-distance migratory birds, and the wetlands are managed for nature and people. To provide support to the conservation work of wetlands and migratory birds in these two flyways, WWF-Hong Kong established the AFI Grant. The maximum amount is US$5,000/project for one-year projects and US$5,000/year for multiple-year projects (2-3 years). More information about the AFI can be found here. There is a single call for application to the AWCF each year. The deadline for the 2022 application is 31 March 2022. For details, please check: https://www.wwf.org.hk/reslib/programme_resources/water_wetlands/?16263/res-Asian-Waterbird-Conservation-Fund. or contact the AWCF Secretariat by e-mail awcf@wwf.org.hk. Chinese version 亞洲水鳥保育基金現正接受申請 張嘉穎, 亞洲水鳥保育基金秘書處 © Mongolian Bird Conservation Centre 亞洲水鳥保育基金(以下簡稱AWCF)於2005年7月成立,目的是為在東亞—澳大利西亞遷飛路線(EAAF)上,於亞洲重要地點上進行的遷徙水鳥(包括海鳥)的保育項目提供資助。AWCF於2019年年底進行了調整,並在旗下成立了「WWF 楊路年博士基金」及「亞洲遷飛路線保育行動基金」,希望把資助覆蓋的範圍從EAAF延伸至中亞遷飛路線(CAF)。兩個新基金的宗旨是支持在亞洲地區進行的在地保育項目,特別是透過與當地社區合作的項目,保育EAAF和CAF上的遷徙水鳥以及牠們賴以生存的濕地生境。 WWF 楊路年博士基金 楊路年博士是一位一直醉心於亞州濕地及水鳥保育工作的自然保育學者。在1991至2008年,他受聘於世界自然基金會香港分會,負責管理米埔保護區。在此期間,積極參與把米埔及內后海灣濕地列入國際重要濕地(即拉姆薩爾濕地)的工作,同時開展了濕地管理培訓項目以及針對學生及公眾人士的環境教育工作。 2008年,楊博士出任「拉姆薩爾公約秘書處」亞太區高級主任,專責支持公約的策略性發展及有效執行。十年後,楊博士擔任「東亞—澳大利西亞遷飛區伙伴關係(EAAF Partnership)」執行總裁一職。在任期間不但完成了「東亞—澳大利西亞遷飛路線2019-2028年保育策略」,還協助朝鮮加入成為拉姆薩爾公約的締約國和EAAF Partnership 的合作伙伴。 在2019年3月5日,楊博士在北京開會討論為黃海地區的潮間濕地定立保育行動期間不幸去世。世界自然基金會香港分會特別為他設立「WWF 楊路年博士基金」,以紀念楊博士為水鳥及濕地保育作出的傑出貢獻。基金的最高資助金額為10,000美元/項目。 亞洲遷飛路線保育行動基金 在2019年,世界自然基金會開始了「亞洲遷飛路線保育行動」,以聯合EAAF和CAF上的不同團體和利益相關者,共同保護兩條遷飛路線上的重要地點,讓長途遷徙鳥類繼續停棲於合適地點,也希望人類可永續利用這些生境。 為支持EAAF和CAF上的濕地和遷徙鳥類的保育工作,世界自然基金會香港分會設立了「亞洲遷飛路線保育行動基金」。基金的最高資助金額為5,000美元(一年項目)或5,000美元/年(2-3年項目)。 如欲了解更多關於「亞洲遷飛路線保育行動」的資料,請按此(網站只提供英文)。 每年基金只接受一次申請,2022年度的申請截止日期為2022年3月31日。 欲知詳請,請瀏覽: https://www.wwf.org.hk/reslib/programme_resources/water_wetlands/?16263/res-Asian-Waterbird-Conservation-Fund 目前申請表格只設英文版,如欲提交中文申請書,請聯絡亞洲水鳥保育基金秘書處 awcf@wwf.org.hk 。


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  • 2021 in Review: Work and achievements of EAAFP Partners and Secretariat

    Development of the Flyway Site Network 1. Welcome Taehwa River in Ro Korea and Sarobetsu Wetland in Japan as New Flyway Network Sites In 2021, two new Flyway Network Sites…


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  • Asian Waterbird Conservation Fund (AWCF): We’re part of the solution!

    On today’s Biodiversity Day, WWF-Hong Kong is pleased to announce that 4 projects are awarded with the Asian Flyways Initiative Grant (AFI Grant) under Asian Waterbird Conservation Fund (AWCF)….


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  • WWF Asian Flyways Initiative Grant 2020 are announced on World Environment Day

    On the occasion of World Environment Day, WWF-Hong Kong is pleased to announce the successful award of WWF Asian Flyways Initiative (AFI) Grant to the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, Nepal…


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  • A Conservation Success in Minjiang River Estuary

    Co-operation by WWF and The People’s Government of Changle City, Fujian Province, China 7 July 2017 Fion Cheung, WWF-Hong Kong


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  • A 4-party collaboration in the protection of Nanpu Wetland, Luannan County, Hebei Province

    20 June 2017 WWF-Hong Kong Located at the northern part…


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