Our ecological survey was initiated by the incident at Tai Long Wan, Sai Kung which drew public concern after the illegal development by a businessman was exposed. The government later released Development Permission Area Plans for a dozen “enclaves”, including Sai Wan, to prevent improper development in areas near the country parks. “Country Park Enclaves” refers to land adjacent to or surrounded by country parks. At present, there are 77 enclaves, most of which are not included in land planning, and are vulnerable to improper development.
We started to undertake the ecological surveys in cooperation with the Ecological Education and Resource Centre since 2010, focusing on the enclaves and places of high ecological values in Sai Kung and Lantau Island. Our surveys record the habitat resources and monitor the environmental changes, which help to prevent improper development and to provide data to support for the protection of these ecological hot spots.2018