Posts Tagged ‘development’
The struggle between development and conservation is being played out in some of Hong Kong’s most scenic and ecologically valuable spots – in ecological buffer zones called enclaves. These are plots of private land located inside country parks but excluded from their boundaries. We explain what enclaves are, how they came into being and take a look at some of the controversies surrounding their use.
Large scale development projects need Environmental Impact Assessment reports, which are supposed to measure how much the projects would the environment and the wildlife living there. But many people say the process is deeply flawed, including conflicts of interest where a developer can hire one of their own branches to do the assessment.
Every weekend, tourists descend on the small island of Po Toi off the southern coast of Hong Kong. A tiny population still lives there without water and electricity. Residents, and conservationists consider whether or not the island should be developed, and how much.
Lau Shui-shum has been farming for decades, and she used to have to wake up at 1a.m. to harvest and take her crops to market, where she would have little bargaining power. Now thanks to the growing movement of community markets, more Hongkongers are finding out about local agriculture and demanding it.
Ko Shing Street in Sheung Wan has been a wholesale centre for Chinese medicine for decades. The street is renowned for its high-quality herbs and dried seafood. But the opening of the West Island Line is pushing up rent. Varsity asks the street’s vendors about how they see their future.
In the age of the ubiquitous smartphone and digital camera, Varsity meets the artists who prefer to capture urban scenes using non-digital means.
The three-story “ding” houses are a familiar sight in the New Territories. Male indigenous villagers are granted the right to build these residences for self-use under the decades-old small house policy. But with soaring property prices and limited land available for development in crowded Hong Kong, critics are asking how sustainable are ding rights?
Sha Tau Kok – with its famous Chung Ying Street – is the last closed area in Hong Kong. Now, some residents are calling for it to be opened up to boost economic development. But others are strongly opposed to such moves and want to preserve their way of life.
Illustrator Andy Leung Ka-chun, or “Angryangry” as he calls himself, draws on local development and conservation, and conflicts between mainland China and Hong Kong for his works. But as he explains to Varsity, his illustrations are not just a way to vent his anger towards social injustice, he also wants to arouse people’s identification with their city.
Hong Kong is a paradise for birds, and a paradise for birdwatchers. Conservationists say Hong Kong has good laws on bird protection and world-class wetland habitats, But as Varsity finds out, unrelenting development and poor awareness among the general public could threaten the environment for birds.