Tung Chung river park proposal by green groups

Green groups have banded together to call for the lower parts of the Tung Chung River and estuary be designated as a River Nature Park.

Designing Hong Kong chief executive officer Paul Zimmerman said the groups wanted the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government to consider the resumption of all private land lots in the river valley to establish a nature park.

The coalition of green groups include Designing Hong Kong, Eco-Education & Resources Centre, Green Power, Hong Kong Bird Watching Society, Hong Kong Outdoors, Lantau Buffalo Association, The Conservancy Association and World Wide Fund For Nature Hong Kong.

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The groups believe the resumption of land and the management as a park will make it possible to better conserve and enhance the ecological value of the area.

They say a park will provide a high quality nature experience for residents, improved flood control, and better conservation of the rich habitat of the river valley and estuary.

"The Tung Chung river valley is one of the last remaining unchannelled rivers in Hong Kong," Mr Zimmerman said.

"The river park would be on the fringe of Tung Chung and could become a great destination to visit."

The groups also want the Government to extend the draft Tung Chung Valley Development Permission Area to cover Tin Sam and Wong Lung Hang Stream.

The groups say the two proposals will help achieve a more sustainable plan for Tung Chung West.

The Planning Department and Civil Engineering and Development Department jointly commissioned the Tung Chung New Town Extension study in 2012 which covered Tung Chung River Valley, Tung Chung Bay and coastal area and recognized the outstanding biodiversity of the area.

The plan will see the population of the area grow from 80,000 to 260,000.

Green groups say Tung Chung Valley has been subjected to incompatible developments in the past.

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Picture courtesy of Wikimedia Images.

Published 11/9/15


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