29 June

有害醫療廢料再現香港 市民健康繼續受嚴重威脅 Dangerous and harmful medical waste found on HK’s beaches continues to put people at risk

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有害醫療廢料再現香港 市民健康繼續受嚴重威脅

有害的醫療廢料繼續污染香港的水質和海灘,並對香港市民的健康安全造成巨大威脅。

今天創建香港行政總裁司馬文先生,居民Moran Zukerman,無塑海洋行政總裁Tracey Read及梁嘉麗小姐於政府總部外再次展示在大嶼山海灘收集的大量醫療及化學廢料,並呈交環境保護署進行調查。

這是第三次,亦是三次內最多醫療廢料數量供環境保護署進行調查。在信中,他們強烈要求環境保護署正視問題,並盡快作出相關調查及採取行動。在去年七月十二日及十二月六日,志願者已先後拾獲並向政府轉交大批醫療及化學廢料,可惜環境保護署仍未就我們提交的廢料樣本發表任何調查結果。

有關漂浮在香港的沙灘上針筒和連針針筒事宜,我們已於2008年開始向環境保護署表示關注。居民Moran Zukerman亦於去年開始在大嶼山小型的海灘收集具危險性的醫療廢料。在這十二個月內是第三次收集,當中包括529枝針筒,402枝沒有連針,127枝連針。另外,還發現藥筒,藥瓶和藥袋,有些物品甚至有被魚咬過的痕跡。居民Moran表示:「政府有聘請承包商清理海灘,但我卻發現越來越多的醫療廢料。我並不是要清理海灘,而是希望調查其來源並訂立預防措施,防止醫療廢料在我們的海洋漂浮。」

無塑海洋行政總裁Tracey Read表示:「有些藥物好像是來自中國內地,其他明顯是來自香港。香港特區政府需要與廣東進行跨部門合作,調查醫療廢料的來源和其性質,並建立處理於中國內地和香港非法棄置的危險醫療的廢料,阻止廢料流入環境是極為重要的。」

要制止不當棄置本地藥物及使用過的針筒,政府需制定和促進一個回收藥物的計劃及建立便利的棄置使用過針筒設施。政府可與公營及私營的醫療機構合作,提供回收箱分類收集使用過的針筒和不需要的藥物。

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7個月內所收集的醫療廢料
Collected medical waste within 7 months

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向環境保護署代表遞交請願信
Letter submission to Environmental Protection Department (EPD)

如需要詳盡資訊,可參考:
2016年7月12日的新聞稿:https://goo.gl/42p5DX
2016年12月6日的新聞稿:https://goo.gl/3kGZSB

Dangerous and harmful medical waste found on HK’s beaches continues to put people at risk

Hazardous medical waste continues to pollute Hong Kong’s water and beaches. The waste poses a huge risk to the health and safety of tourists and Hong Kong people.

Today, Designing Hong Kong’s CEO Paul Zimmerman, Moran Zukerman, a local resident, and Plastic Free Seas’ CEO Tracey Read and Julia Leung again submitted a large amount of medical and chemical waste retrieved from a Lantau beach to the Environmental Protection Department.

It is the third and largest delivery of medical waste to the EPD for investigation. In a letter they seriously urged EPD to take follow-up action. The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) has yet to publish the investigation outcomes after large amounts of medical and chemical waste were collected and delivered to the government on 12th July 2016 and 6th December 2016 respectively.

Reports of syringes and needles washing up on beaches all over Hong Kong have been lodged since 2008. To show the scale of the issue Mr Zukerman has concentrated his efforts on collecting dangerous medical waste from one small Lantau beach since last year. This third delivery in 12 months includes 529 syringes, 402 without needles and 127 syringes with needles. Also included are drug vials, medicine bottles and medicine packets. Some of the items have evidence of bite marks by fish. “Government has hired more contractors for beach cleaning, but I keep finding more medical waste,” Zukerman said. “I don’t want beach cleaning. I want full forensic investigation into potential source points, and preventative strategies to stop medical waste floating in our seas.”

“Some of the medicine looks to be originating from China, others are obviously from Hong Kong,” Plastic Free Seas’ CEO Tracey Read said. “The HKSAR government needs to have an inter-departmental collaboration with Guangdong counterparts to investigate the sources and nature of the waste and establish an action plan to deal with the illegal disposal of hazardous medical and veterinary waste in China and Hong Kong. Preventing the waste from leaking into the environment is of the utmost importance.”

One solution to stop improper disposal of local medicines and used syringes is to facilitate a Hong Kong “take-back” program for unwanted medicines and accessible disposal facilities for used syringes. Government can work with public and private health facilities to provide sharps bins (for used syringes) and containers for unwanted medicines.

More information
Press release on 12thJuly 2016: https://goo.gl/42p5DX
Press release on 6th December 2016: https://goo.gl/3kGZSB

 

6 December

New dangerous medical waste found at HK’s beaches puts residents at risk 新危險醫料廢料襲港,對市民構成嚴重威脅

具危險性的醫療廢物持續污染香港的水質和海灘,對市民的健康及安全構成威脅。

在今年的7月12日,大批由志願者拾獲的醫療廢物已交給環境保護署進行調查,可惜至今仍未收到環境保護署對事件的回覆或發表任何調查結果。

創建香港行政總裁司馬文先生,居民Moran Zukerman及無塑海洋行政總裁Tracey Read今天於政府總部外展示大批於大嶼山海灘拾獲的醫療廢物,並再次交給環境保護署化驗及作進一步的調查。此外,他們更向環境保護署遞交信件,表達對事件的極度關注及促請有關部門盡快展開調查及跟進工作。

是次具危險性的醫療廢料在今年7月至11月於大嶼山海灘拾獲,包括303枝針筒、96枝針筒連針、超過200個玻璃小藥瓶、一枝裝滿疑似血液的試管和大量膠製藥瓶及藥袋等。部份物品更有被魚咬過的痕跡。

由於事態日趨嚴重,我們促請政府盡快成立誇部門小組調查醫療廢物的性質及來源,並設立資料儲存庫和制定行動計劃處理以上違法棄置及具危險性的醫療廢料。

如需要詳盡資訊,可參考2016年7月12日的新聞稿:https://goo.gl/42p5DX

Hazardous medical waste continues to pollute Hong Kong’s water and beaches. The waste threatens the health and safety of local residents.

The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) has yet to respond and publish the investigation outcomes after large amounts of medical waste were collected and delivered to government on 12 July 2016.

Today, Designing Hong Kong’s CEO Paul Zimmerman, Moran Zukerman, a local resident, and Plastic Free Seas’ CEO Tracey Read submitted again a large amount of medical waste retrieved from a Lantau beach to the EPD outside the Central Government Office. In a letter they urged EPD to take follow up action.

The newly found dangerous medical waste collected at one Lantau beach from July – November 2016, includes 303 syringes without needles, 96 syringes with needles, more than 200 drug vials, a collection tube suspected of containing human blood, plastic medicine bottles and packets. Some of the items have evidence of bite marks by fish.

What is now needed is an in-depth inter-departmental investigation into the source and nature of the waste and to establish a database and action plan which deals with the illegal disposal of hazardous medical waste.

The government is urged to act with expediency in response to the medical waste found.
More information
Press release on 12 July 2016: https://goo.gl/42p5DX

4 August

鄉議局破壞郊野公園 土地已售予發展商 Country Parks under attack from the Heung Yee Kuk

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【鄉議局破壞郊野公園 土地已售予發展商】

上週末,鄉議局破壞了西貢郊野公園的不包括土地內的濕地,藉此抗議政府將該該處和鄰近土地劃為保育用地。

他們聲稱政府將私人土地劃為保育用地會限制復耕和丁屋發展潛力。這種說法非常荒謬。第一,農耕在保育用地上是經常准許的用途,即使在郊野公園的農地亦被允許。第二,我們的調查發現,慘遭破壞和斬樹的土地大部份已在2012年賣予數個發展商。原居民早已放棄了他們土地的業權,何談復耕?

鄉議局真正目的是破壞土地後,獲得在郊野公園內興建丁屋的權利。售賣鄉郊土地,毀去林木,使政府規劃上傾向給予更多發展用地以套丁建屋,這種戲碼在新界各處不斷上演,甚至蔓延至郊野公園內。

丁屋政策是不可持續的,龐大的潛在利益更會導致貪污和其他非法活動,以及更多損害環境的發展。鄉議局不斷推動在郊野公園不包括土地興建更多丁屋,將會對郊野公園及與之相連的海洋生態,帶來無法逆轉的破壞。由2010年大浪西灣事件開始,創建香港聯同其他保育及行山團體一直對抗郊野公園的發展威脅。

揭穿鄉議局「復耕」謊言

上週末在高塘下洋慘遭破壞的季節性濕地有超過6成土地屬於榮登拓展有限公司。該公司由陳麗明持有,並由范惠玲擔任秘書,在2012年2月以$6,702,008購入鄰近多個地段。我們到訪該公司的註冊地址,發現現址為“New Hall Design Limited” 的建築設計公司,同樣由陳麗明持有。職員稱公司擁有高塘下洋的土地,但負責人正在休假。她們會在下週聯絡我們,以得知鄉議局是否合法地取得業主同意下斬樹。

創建香港就大灘、屋頭、高塘和高塘下洋的研究可瀏覽:http://goo.gl/QJPt4B

大灘、屋頭、高塘和高塘下洋疑似套丁相關新聞:

蘋果日報: http://goo.gl/Bpsr5n
香港01: http://goo.gl/syAgc6

高塘下洋村民斬樹清植被報導:
蘋果日報: http://goo.gl/V0EQ7U
NOW: https://goo.gl/JfsJ0F

【Country Parks under attack from the Heung Yee Kuk】

Last Sunday, the Heung Yee Kuk felled trees and removed vegetation on wetland deep inside the Sai Kung Country Park.

It was a protest against Government’s plan to zone the area for conservation. The Kuk claimed the zoning would restrict farming on this enclave of private land. This is nonsense for two reasons. First, farming is always allowed, even on agricultural land in country parks. Secondly, our investigation has now revealed that the land in question was sold to developers in 2012. The indigenous villagers long gave up their interest in farming.

What the Heung Yee Kuk is really after is the right to build small houses on private land in country parks. The pattern of the sale of village land to developers, destruction of vegetation, the push for rezoning and the illegal sale of the “Ding” right to build small houses, is replayed constantly throughout the New Territories, including deep inside our country parks.

The Small House Policy is unsustainable, attracts illegal activities, and results in environmentally disastrous developments. The Kuk’s push for small houses in country park enclaves is harmful to the surrounding country parks and nearby marine resources. Since the Tai Long Sai Wan incident in 2010, Designing Hong Kong together with community, hiking and conservation groups has worked hard to protect the country parks from these destructive developments.

Heung Yee Kuk ‘farming’ lies exposed

Over 60% of the seasonal wetland in Ko Tong Ha Yeung which was subject to tree felling this weekend, was bought by Glory Top Develop Limited on February 2012 for $6,702,008. The company is owned by Chan Lai Ming, and Fan Wai Ling is the secretary. We visited their office which was branded “New Hall Design Limited” – a company with the same directors. Staff confirmed that the land at Ko Tong Ha Yeung was theirs, but that the person in charge was on holiday and would call us back upon her return next week. Whether the Heung Yee Kuk had approval to cut the trees is yet unclear.

Records uncovered by Designing Hong Kong’s land searches for Tai Tan, Uk Tau, Ko Tong and Ko Tong Ha Yeung can be found here:http://goo.gl/QJPt4B

News Reports on Designing Hong Kong Findings:
SCMP: http://goo.gl/kBXRWH
RTHK: http://goo.gl/0OUFZJ

News Report on villagers tree felling and vegetation clearance:
Hong Kong Free Press: https://goo.gl/10Ynma

20 July

大量危險醫療廢料襲港,團體促請政府徹查廢料來源 Dangerous medical waste found at HK’s beaches

  

大量危險醫療廢料襲港,團體促請政府徹查廢料來源

香港水域時常受大量垃圾污染,此情況在雨季尤其嚴重。上月連場暴雨,大量垃圾沖上沙灘及沿岸地區,造成海洋生態災難。司馬文表示,我們現在需要的,不是行政長官及官員到海邊執垃圾「做show」,而是要更深入認真徹查垃圾的種類及來源,防止廢料繼續污染海港。

創建香港行政總裁司馬文先生、無塑海洋教育項目經理梁嘉麗小姐及居民Moran Zukerman今天展示大批於大嶼山三白灣 (愉景北商場旁) 拾獲的醫療廢料,這些廢料由本年5月起開始收集,經分類及調查後,有明顯證據顯示廢料來自中國廣東省。

這次拾獲的醫療及化學廢料 (抗生素及預防藥物)主要是供人類及牲畜使用,具危險性及可能帶毒性。司馬文把廢料分類及調查後,找到大量藥樽、針筒、膠及玻璃樽、透析包/靜脈注射包、藥丸及完好無損的安瓿。從部份廢料上的牌子及印有的簡體字,明顯證明廢料來自中國廣東省。他更在廢料中找到中國政府交通部官員的工作證件。

大雨或洪水把露天棄置的垃圾沖進河流及海洋是香港及內地存在已久的問題。醫療廢料亦會對市民的健康及安全構成威脅,泳客有機會因踩到針筒而受傷,或造成感染。居港15年的Moran Zukerman表示「醫療廢料問題不只是垃圾問題。一方面,它對海洋及四周環境造成破瓌。另一方面,從部份廢料出現魚類的咬痕可見,人類進食的魚類產品亦可能因此而受到污染,故最終受害的仍然是市民。

梁嘉麗表示,自2013年起,無塑海洋及Green DB一直有向海事處及環境保護署投訴海灘出現醫療廢料的問題,傳媒亦有相關報導。然而,環境保護署的調查一直沒有回音,亦未有針對中港兩地產生廢料的組織的相關行動,彷彿當局不打算處理相關問題。

我們促請政府正視問題,作出相關調查及行動。相關廢料亦會送往環境保護署作進一步化驗及跟進。

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Dangerous medical waste found at HK’s beaches 

Large amounts of marine waste washes up at Hong Kong’s beaches regularly, especially during rainy season. Heavy rain fails over the last month has triggered large amounts of waste washing into the seas.

“What is now needed is an in-depth investigation into the type and source of the waste rather than black bag beach cleaning actions,” said Paul Zimmerman.

Paul Zimmerman, CEO of Designing Hong Kong, together with Julia Leung, Program Manager – Education of Plastic Free Seas and Moran Zukerman, a local resident, presented dangerous medical waste found among rubbish collected from a Lantau beach, Sam Pak Wan, since May this year. Many items had definitive markings pointing at locations in the Guangdong Province.

Medical waste collected were for human and veterinarian use (antibiotics and preventative medicine), and many are hazardous and potentially poisonous.

Paul Zimmerman explained: “We sorted and investigated the waste, most of them are vials, syringes, plastic/glass bottles, dialysis bags, medical pills, fully intact glass ampoules. From the brands and simplified Chinese text, it is obviously come from locations in the Guangdong Province. We even found a working pass from a Chinese government transport officer among the waste.”

Open waste dumps are a long standing problem in Hong Kong and on the Mainland. Exposed waste is subject to flooding and washing out to rivers and seas. Hazardous medical waste poses a health risk as beachgoers could injure and infect themselves by stepping on needles. Moran Zukerman, a local resident who has been living in Hong Kong for over 15 years, expressed his concern: “Medical waste is beyond littering, it’s not only harmful to the environment and oceans, but also causes a threat to human beings who consume the fish and many of the medical products shows signs of fish bites who are exposed to those dangerous items, and are eventually consumed by humans.”

Julia Leung explained: “Plastic Free Seas and Green DB have since 2013 reported the medical waste found on beaches to the Marine Department and the Environmental Protection Department. There were also media reports at that time. It is entirely unclear what investigation has been conducted by the EPD into the sources, and what action have been taken to contact the authorities and medical institutions both in Hong Kong and the Mainland.”

“We urge the government to seriously investigate the medical waste we found. The items will be sent to the Environmental Protection Department for investigation and follow up action.”

 

 

 

20 July

Fix it: Stop waste before it floats

Waste retrieved from Aberdeen Harbour by the Save Aberdeen Harbour Alliance on 25 June 2016

Fix it: Stop waste before it floats

Report of open waste dump at Wei Ling Ding island: http://goo.gl/WKOzQy (Chinese only)

Facebook video of illegal waste dumps in Hong Kong: https://goo.gl/77r5AL

 

Let’s not blame the rain

For as long as the government has tracked data on marine refuse, it shows that during the rainy season, the weight of marine refuse collected from the seas and shores increases.

The latest increase in floating rubbish washing onto Hong Kong shores has been linked by the government with the recent extreme rain events throughout the region.

The relationship is plausible. Rainwater washes floating debris left on the land into drains, culverts, streams and rivers, and on to the open seas.

Extreme rain also causes flooding which dislodges debris and again this will flow to the sea. So what to do next? First of all, let’s not blame the rain and climate change.

The Pearl River Delta has (for a very long period) had a subtropical climate with rainy seasons. Repeated sudden deluges of large amounts of water have been a fact of life for many centuries. Climate change is predicted to result in fewer rain days but an increase in the average rainfall intensity.

 

Consumerism is a problem – but not the cause of marine waste

Others blame consumerism and our lifestyle, especially the shift to packaged food distribution, and one-off serving containers for meals and drinks.

While correctly pointing out that behaviour changes can significantly reduce the volumes of waste produced in this region with rapid urbanisation, rise in income and the feeding of millions of workers, it does not address the cause of floating marine refuse.

 

Waterproof all waste handling

Floating marine refuse can only be addressed by fixing the structural problem of poorly contained rubbish lying on land.

The coastal dump site at the island of Wei Ling Ding is not the only one along the coast and rivers of the mainland and Hong Kong.

Look no further than the villages and brownfields of the New Territories, or look around Hong Kong Island, and discover how much rubbish lies open and exposed to rain at the government’s refuse collection points.

Add to that the illegal dumping, including hazardous medical waste, by unscrupulous collectors of waste.

By all means, the government should model sea currents to try and pinpoint the source of the recent upsurge in floating waste, but we should not waste time.

With years of evidence of increases in marine refuse during the rainy seasons we can safely agree on the general narrative: we need to waterproof our waste handling from consumers to waste processors, both in Hong Kong and China. And with climate scientists predicting more extreme rainfall, we need to do this sooner rather than later.

(Article was first published in the South China Morning Post, 16 July 2016)

29 June

「反對東大嶼都會計劃」橫額首掛交椅洲 Banner hanged on Kau Yi Chau to object East Lantau Metropolis

13558780_10153820186399397_3739617002500248238_o (新聞稿2016年6月26日) 7名來自多個環保和關注團體的成員,今日登上計劃填海作東大嶼都會的交椅洲,掛上一幅長40米,闊3米的大型橫額,抗議政府帶頭破壞程序公義,向全國人大委員長張德江展示本應年底才公布的大嶼山發展藍圖模型,當中更包括東大嶼都會計劃及其大型策略性道路系統,惟政府在公眾諮詢期間卻未有公開該模型。多個團體同時發表聯合聲明,強調現時東大嶼都會和策略性道路系統的建設沒有得到充分的理據支持,很可能成為新一個「大白象工程」,政府應撤回現時在立法會工務小組的「中部水域人工島策略性研究」撥款申請。 發展局在5月22日的「局長隨筆」率先回覆,指「相關模型只是用以輔助說明大嶼山發展的概念,並非定案」,其後局方回覆守護大嶼聯盟的查詢時,又指「在今年1月至4月舉行的大嶼山發展公眾參與活動的公眾論壇及諮詢會上,由於參與人數眾多,展示實物模型在此情况並不適合,故我們選擇以投影片配合詳細講解」。發展局的解釋極為牽強,該模型已清楚展示東大嶼都會的整體樓宇佈局、道路網絡、填海範圍等重要資料,而模型在大嶼山發展公眾諮詢的過程從來沒有向公眾公開,是嚴重剝奪公眾的知情權。 政府最近在立法會工務小組提交最新的文件,仍無提供充分的資料證明此發展項目的需要,如香港是否需要第三個核心商業區和東大嶼都會與解決未來房屋供應的關係,加上政府亦沒有全面考慮發展棕土、短租及閒置官地等其他較佳的方式來增加土地供應,反映政府推行東大嶼都會計劃的理據薄弱。計劃涉及大規模填海和多項大型基建,將會成為香港史上最昂貴的「大白象工程」。 東大嶼都會需要進行大規模填海工程,對海洋生態和水質造成極大影響,而策略性道路系統則會入侵郊野公園和許多生態敏感地區,為南大嶼山、梅窩等帶來龐大的發展壓力,並會增加在附近水域航運的船隻流量,危害漁業資源。 在缺乏任何數據及研究支持下,東大嶼都會計劃不應草率上馬,團體促請政府應撤回正在立法會工務小組的「中部人工島策略性研究」撥款的申請,並應提供充足的資料,如全港土地資料庫和東大嶼都會與解決未來房屋供應的關係,以回應市民的質疑。這樣政府和民間才可再次合作,大嶼山才可走向可持續發展。 多個環保團體和關注團體亦發起網上聯署平台(網址:https://goo.gl/vMxQLe),鼓勵公眾直接將網上意見書傳送至發展局。團體同時呼籲立法會議員及擬參選來屆立法會選舉的候選人簽署「反對東大嶼都會計劃」約章,爭取他們支持擱置東大嶼都會計劃及中部水域人工島策略性研究撥款。 聯署團體(依筆劃序)﹕ 本土研究社、守護大嶼聯盟、長春社、城西關注組、香港海豚保育學會、香港觀鳥會、創建香港、綠色力量、綠色和平 DSC_1860 (Press release, 26 June 2016) After landing on Kau Yi Chau which is planned for reclamation to be established as the East Lantau Metropolis (ELM), seven activists from green groups and concerned groups hung a huge banner with a length of 40 meters and a width of 3 meters to protest against violation of procedural justice by the government. The government had showed a model of Lantau development blueprint, including ELM and large scale strategic road system which should be published at the end of 2016, to chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, Zhang Dejiang. However, this model had not been shown by the government during public consultation. Green groups and concerned groups issued a joint statement to emphasise the justification to support the construction of ELM and strategic road system was not enough and it was of high potential to become another “White Elephant”. Government should withdraw the application for appropriation of Strategic studies for artificial islands in the central waters from the Legco public works subcommittee. Development Bureau replied through “My Blog” on 22nd May that the concerned model was just used to enhance the explanation of the concept of Lantau Development and was not a finalized model. Afterwards, Development Bureau replied Save Lantau Alliance’s enquiry and pointed out that, “Since it is too crowded during the public forum and consultation meeting of Lantau development public engagement from January to April 2016, we chose to explain the plan by using a slideshow, rather than a physical model.” The explanation of the Development Bureau was just a far-fetched excuse since the model had showed clearly details of ELM such as the distribution of buildings, road network and a range of reclamation which was not disclosed to the public during the public consultation of Lantau Development. It is a severe deprivation of the right to know by the public. The latest documents submitted by the government, to Legco public works subcommittee still could not provide enough justifications to support the plan of establishing the ELM. For example, does Hong Kong need the third core commercial zone? What is the relationship between ELM and solving the problem of future housing supply? Besides, the government did not consider other better ways to increase the land supply such as developing brownfield, government land for short term tenancy and idle government land. It showed the justification to establishing ELM was weak. Furthermore, as the large-scale of reclamation and many capital constructions are required, it would be the most expensive “White Elephant” project for Hong Kong. Large-scale reclamation works was required for ELM, which would severely damage the marine ecosystem and deteriorate the water quality. The strategic road system would invade country parks and many ecologically sensitive areas, bringing huge development pressure to South Lantau and Mui Wo and damaging the fishery resources by increasing the vessel traffic on the water around. Lack of data and study support means the ELM should not be established instantly. Groups urged the government to withdraw the application for appropriation of Strategic studies for artificial islands in the central waters from the Legco public works subcommittee and provide enough information such as land database for Hong Kong and the relationship between ELM and solving the problem of future housing supply, so as to reply to the citizen’s questions. In this case, the government and the public cooperate again to ensure the sustainable development of Lantau can be achieved. Green groups and concerned groups had set up an online platform (Website: https://goo.gl/bFbsNR) to encourage the public to directly send the comment to the Development Bureau. At the same time, groups call Legislative council members and candidates intended to participate in the coming Legco election to sign the charter of “Opposition to East Lantau Metropolis” in order to ask for their support to stop the ELM and the application for appropriation of strategic studies for artificial islands in the central waters. Co-signatories (in alphabetical order): Designing Hong Kong , Greenpeace Green power Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society Liber Research Community Sai Wan Concern Save Lantau Alliance The Conservancy Association The Hong Kong Bird Watching Society

21 June

【大灘、屋頭及高塘超過50間疑似「套丁」申請】Front men schemes covering 50+ small houses in Tai Tan, Uk Tau and Ko Tong

Who are destroying our Country Parks

 

【大灘、屋頭及高塘超過50間疑似「套丁」申請】

“Tai Tan, Uk Tau and Ko Tong suspected over 50 Small Houses Front man Scheme”
(Please scroll down for English )

創建香港「大灘、屋頭及高塘土地業權」研究簡報:
http://goo.gl/F28PDQ

大灘、屋頭及高塘近年在城規會有多宗丁屋申請。創建香港經過近一個多月的土地業權研究,我們發現該區超過50間丁屋申請曾為發展商(公司或某批業主)所持有,再轉讓予村民或申請人,並向地政總署及城規會申建「丁屋」。發展商單在屋頭和大灘,上述交易與早前被裁定罪成的沙田大輋村「套丁案」(案件編號:DCCC25/2015)所用手法十分相似。

創建香港在6月7日去信敦促地政總署、城規會和廉政公署採取以下措施以預防相鄰的「套丁」申請:

1. 處理「丁屋」申請時,地政總署應當徹底研究土地的交易紀錄。可疑的申請應該詳細研究。
2. 當局應拒絕發展商假借村民名義作出的集體申請。只有個人申請方可被考慮。
3. 當局須評估丁屋申請人在本港居住的意向。地政總署可與入境事務處合作,以斷定申請人是否通常居住在香港。只有香港居民可以獲得批准。
4. 設立網上公開資料庫,供公眾查閱「丁屋」申請的資料,包括申請人、土地交易紀錄、土地狀況及審批狀況等資訊。
5. 城規會及規劃署在決定土地用途時,必須考慮土地交易紀錄。這是確保規劃圖則不會助長「套丁」的重要一環。
6. 為防止政府官員犯法,廉政公署正為地政總署提供建議,以減少「丁屋」申請程序中出現貪污的風險。可惜的是,建議報告並不會向公眾公開,只會交給地政總署參考。我們要求公開報告,使社會大眾知道和監察預防「套丁」的情況。

相關新聞:

蘋果日報: http://goo.gl/Bpsr5n
南華早報: http://goo.gl/kBXRWH
星島日報: http://goo.gl/2TGG8i
香港電台: http://goo.gl/0OUFZJ

Front men schemes covering 50+ small houses in Tai Tan, Uk Tau and Ko Tong

(Designing Hong Kong “Tai Tan, Uk Tau and Ko Tong Land Ownership Study” PowerPoint presentation:
http://goo.gl/F28PDQ)

A study of land transactions in Tai Tan, Uk Tau and Ko Tong shows that for more than 50 small house applications to the Lands Department and/or Town Planning Board the land was first bought by developers and transferred to the applicants just prior to their applications. These patterns are strikingly similar to the front man scheme discovered in the Sha Tin Tai Che Village court case (No. DCCC25/2015) during which the Court considered this an illegal practice.

Based on our findings we made the following recommendations to the Administration, the Town Planning Board and the ICAC to deter front men schemes abusing the small house policy:

1. Upon receipt of applications for small house developments the Lands Department should consider the transaction history of the site(s) involved. Suspicious cases should be examined in detail.
2. Group applications by “dings” on behalf of developers should be rejected. Only applications made by individual applicants should be considered.
3. The intention of the applicant to live in their small house must be considered including a study of their immigration records to determine whether applicants ordinarily reside in Hong Kong. Only ordinary residents should be allowed to apply.
4. Details of applications for small houses must be made public with an online database showing the applicant, an overview of the land transactions and current status, and the progress of the applications.
5. When considering draft plans and applications, the Town Planning Board and the Planning Department must take into account the land transaction history. This is essential in ensuring that the Board does not aid and abet front men schemes. 
6. To prevent government officials from breaching the law, ICAC is drafting recommendations on how the Lands Department can minimize risks when handling applications which create development values. We call for the report to be disclosed to the public. It should not be restricted to the Lands Department. A detailed review should be published so that the general public can better understand how front men schemes can be prevented.

News Reports:
Apple Daily: http://goo.gl/Bpsr5n
SCMP: http://goo.gl/kBXRWH
SingTao: http://goo.gl/2TGG8i
RTHK: http://goo.gl/0OUFZJ

HK01: http://goo.gl/syAgc6

16 May

Joint statement regarding dumping and land filling by concern groups and environmental NGOs 關注團體及環保組織就傾倒泥頭和填土問題的聯署信

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Dumping and land filling on land reserved for conservation and agricultural uses continues to impact Hong Kong’s habitats, ecology and biodiversity. Concern groups and environmental NGOs are deeply concerned over the lack of preventive and enforcement action by government against unauthorized and unintended land uses.

Today, Designing Hong Kong together with other concern groups urge government to remove the obstacles in legislation, establish a public and transparent land database and set up a Conservation Enforcement Task Force.

Joint statement by concern groups and environmental NGOs regarding dumping and land filling:

English: Joint statement regarding dumping and land filling by concern groups and environmental NGOs 

Chinese: 關注團體及環保組織就傾倒泥頭和填土問題的聯署信

 

在保育地區和農地上傾倒泥頭和填土的行為,一直影響香港的自然生境、生態及生物多樣性。關注團體及環保組織對此深切關注,但政府缺乏預防和執法的措施去阻止這些未經批准和規劃的土地用途。今日,創建香港和其他關注團體在立法會環境事務委員會討論”天水圍嘉湖山莊附近堆積泥頭及疑涉非法堆填的事宜”前,在立法會門外示威,要求政府移除就法例上的漏洞,設立公開和透明度高的數據庫及設立保育執法專責小組等。

關注團體及環保組織就傾倒泥頭和填土問題的聯署信:

英文版: Joint statement regarding dumping and land filling by concern groups and environmental NGOs

中文版: 關注團體及環保組織就傾倒泥頭和填土問題的聯署信

22 April

大嶼山可持續發展民間論壇 Lantau Sustainable Development Forum

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大嶼山發展的議題如火如荼,但當中不少爭議尚未解決,仍待民間社會多加討論。

創建香港、香港大學學生會理學會環境生命科學學會、島嶼活力行動、東涌社區發展陣線於2016年4月9日聯合舉辦論壇,邀請各方代表,並從下列三個範疇探討大嶼山發展:

• 政府提出的大嶼山發展方案會對大嶼山(尤其是南大嶼)的自然保育現狀帶來甚麼影響 ?又會為南大嶼這個人口密度低, 且蘊涵豐富生物多樣性的環境帶來甚麼的影響?
• 東大嶼都會 (中部水域人工島) 的發展基礎是甚麼? 它與香港整體的經濟社會發展策略有甚麼關聯?
• 東涌新巿鎮及擴展計劃將會帶來更多人口,相關發展會對當地和大嶼山的巿民、社區和經濟發展帶來甚麼影響?

 論壇全段紀錄 來源:SocREC社會記錄協會

主持 謝志峰

大嶼山發展策略建議

1. 黎卓豪先生-發展局首席助理秘書長(工務) 5(演講錄影簡報

2. 劉寶儀女士-規劃署總城市規劃師/策略規劃(演講錄影

第一部份:南大嶼山的保育與挑戰

1. 「大嶼山發展與保育」司馬文-創建香港行政總裁及薄扶林區區議員(演講錄影(英文)簡報

2. 「大嶼山的保育重點」劉惠寧博士-世界自然基金會香港分會副總監 (環境保護)演講錄影

公眾提問環節1(錄影

小組成員:

1. 司馬文先生-創建香港行政總裁及薄扶林區區議員

2. 劉惠寧博士-世界自然基金會香港分會副總監 (環境保護)

3. 黎卓豪先生-發展局首席助理秘書長(工務) 5

4. 林世雄先生-土木工程拓展署港島及離島拓展處處長

5. 張綺薇女士-規劃署助理署長/全港

第二部份:中部水域東大嶼都會的發展

1. 「從東北土地發展看大嶼山規劃」陳劍青 -本土研究社成員(演講錄影

2. 「香港需要東大嶼都會嗎?」任憲邦博士 -南大嶼關注組成員(演講錄影簡報

3. 「東大嶼都會怎樣與南大嶼結合?」Merrin Pearse -島嶼活力行動主席(演講錄影(英文)簡報

第三部份:東涌的經濟和就業機會

1. 「東涌新巿鎮擴展-經濟和就業」譚燕萍女士-規劃署 西貢及離島規劃專員(演講錄影簡報

2. 「大嶼山可持續發展」哈永安-大嶼山發展聯盟創會主席(演講錄影簡報

3. 「東涌的經濟和就業機會」趙羡婷(趙姑娘)-東涌社區發展陣線計劃主任(演講錄影

公眾提問環節2(錄影

小組成員:

1. 陳劍青先生 -本土研究社成員

2.趙羡婷女士(趙姑娘)-東涌社區發展陣線計劃主任

3. 哈永安先生-大嶼山發展聯盟創會主席

4. 任憲邦博士 -南大嶼關注組成員

5. 黎卓豪先生-發展局首席助理秘書長(工務) 5

6.林世雄先生-土木工程拓展署港島及離島拓展處處長

7. 張綺薇女士-規劃署助理署長/全港

8. 劉俊傑先生土木工程拓展署土木工程處副處長(海港及土地)

9. 劉寶儀女士-規劃署總城市規劃師/策略規劃

10 譚燕萍女士-規劃署 西貢及離島規劃專員

 

Designing Hong Kong, Environmental Life Science Society, SS, HKUSU, Living Islands Movement and Tung Chung Community Development Alliance have launched a “Lantau Sustainable Development Forum” on 9 April 2016.

The objective of the forum is to focus on three specific areas of the Lantau development plan. 

- First, what is the environmental and natural conservation impact of the plan on the areas of Lantau with low population density and rich in biodiversity? 

- Second, what are the basis, implications, and relationship of the East Lantau Metropolis and Hong Kong’s development strategy?

- Third, what is the human, social and economic impact of the plans on dense populated urban areas of Tung Chung? 

The exchange of information and views in the forum provided input for debates and assist with establishing policies, planning guidelines, and a decision-making framework for the conservation and development of Lantau.

Full Recording (Source: SocREC)

Host: Tse Chi Fung Joseph

Proposed Development Strategy for Lantau

1. Mr. Lai Cheuk Ho, Principal Assistant Secretary (Works)5, Development Bureau

(Video Recording, Powerpoint Presentation)

2. Miss Winnie Lau, Chief Town Planner/Strategic Planning, Planning Department

(Video Recording)

Part One: South Lantau Conservation Plan and Challenge

1. “Lantau development pressure and conservation”, Paul Zimmerman , CEO of Designing Hong Kong and District Councillor of Pokfulam (Video Recording , Powerpoint presentation)

2. “Conservation priorities of Lantau”, Dr Michael Lau, Assistant Director (Conservation) of WWF-Hong Kong (Video Recording)

Q&A on the topic of “South Lantau Conservation Plan and Challenge” (Video Recording)

Panelists

(1)Mr. PaulZimmerman, CEO of Designing Hong Kong and District Councillor of Pokfulam

(2) Dr MichaelLau, Assistant Director (Conservation) of WWF-Hong Kong

(3) Mr. Lai Cheuk Ho, Principal Assistant Secretary (Works)5, Development Bureau

(4) Mr. LAM Sai Hung, Project Manager (HK Island & Islands), Civil Engineering and Development Department

(5) Ms. Amy Cheung, Assistant Director of Planning/Territorial

Part Two: Development of East Lantau Metropolis in the Central Waters

1. “Understanding Lantau development through “Northeast papers””, Mr. Chan Kim Ching, member of Liber Research Community (Video Recording

2.  “East Lantau Metropolis:  Does Hong Kong Need it?”, Dr Tom Yam, member of South Lantau Concern group  (Video Recording , Powerpoint Presentation

3. “How will ELM integrate with South Lantau?”, Dr Merrin Pearse, Chairman of Living Islands Movement (Video Recording , Powerpoint Presentation

Part Three: Tung Chung Economy and Employment Opportunities

1. “Tung Chung New Town Extension – Economic and Employment”, Ms. Donna Tam, District Planning Officer/Sai Kung & Islands, Planning DepartmentVideo Recording, Powerpoint Presentation)

2. “Lantau Sustainable Development”, Mr. Allen Ha , the Founding Chairman of Lantau Development AllianceVideo RecordingPowerpoint Presentation

3. “Tung Chung Economy and Employment Opportunities”, Ms Chiu Sin Ting, Project Manager of Tung Chung Community(Video Recording

 Q&A on the topic of “Development of East Lantau Metropolis in the Central Waters” and “Tung Chung Economy and Employment Opportunities”

Video Recording

Panelists

1. Mr. Chan Kim Ching, member of Liber Research Community

2. Ms Chiu Sin Ting, Project Manager of Tung Chung Community

3. Mr. Allen Ha , the Founding Chairman of Lantau Development Alliance

4. Dr Tom Yam, member of South Lantau Concern group

5. Mr. Lai Cheuk Ho, Principal Assistant Secretary (Works)5, Development Bureau

6.  Mr. LAM Sai Hung, Project Manager (HK Island & Islands), Civil Engineering and Development Department

7.  Ms. Amy Cheung, Assistant Director of Planning/Territorial

8. Mr. Ricky Lau, Deputy Head of Civil Engineering Office ( Port & Land ), Civil Engineering and Development Department

9. Miss. Winnie Lau, Chief Town Planner/Strategic Planning, PlanningDepartment

10. Ms. Donna Tam, District Planning Officer/Sai Kung & Islands, PlanningDepartment

 

8 April

「先發展無保育」 大嶼山勢變醜小鴨 環團促先有保育方案及交通限制 (新聞稿)Develop first, No conservation Lantau will be an Ugly Duckling Green groups urge for implementation of conservation plan and traffic restriction first (Press Release)

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(新聞稿)

「先發展無保育」 大嶼山勢變醜小鴨
環團促先有保育方案及交通限制

多個環保團體強烈反對在大嶼山進行任何大型發展,如東大嶼都會和策略性道路系統,並要求政府發展大嶼山時,要以保育作為最優先的原則,促請政府實施環團建議的一系列保育措施(包括交通管制),以捍衞大嶼山豐富的生物多樣性和人與自然的緊密關係。

2016年1月,大嶼山發展諮詢委員會的第一期工作報告已呈交給政府部門。這份報告提出大量天馬行空和未經評估的發展項目,如東大嶼都會、超大規模的策略性道路系統和大量旅遊設施,包括在大東山上建立觀星和觀景的設施。以上提議的發展項目將會對生態和當地社區帶來災難性的影響,並會破壞大嶼山寧靜的環境和壯麗的景觀。

大嶼山因着其獨特位置,有着豐富及多元的自然生境,包括低窪濕地、山地草原、淡水河流和海洋軟珊瑚等,當中孕育着許多稀有和瀕危的物種,如中華白海豚、馬蹄蟹、喜鹽草、盧文氏樹蛙、素雅灰蝶、香魚、褐魚鴞。最難能可貴的是人和大自然能夠緊密共存,其中大嶼山的牛科動物便因其和居民的和諧關係,被聯合國教科文組織接納為「人文價值景觀遺產」,可見大嶼山絕對是大家的自然寶庫。

可是,這份報告表面上支持可持續發展,卻沒有提出積極的保育措施。大嶼山發展諮詢委員會甚至提議放寬限制道路的交通管制,建立一個策略性的道路系統,以連接港島西、南大嶼、北大嶼和新界西北。這些措施將為地主帶來錯誤的期望,增加當地的發展壓力,阻礙在大嶼山推行任何保育計劃和行動,尤其是那些沒有發展審批地區圖覆蓋,而政府又不能執法的鄉郊地帶,如南大嶼和部分北大嶼地區。結果,在這些沒有納入發展審批地區圖,而沒法檢控入罪的私人土地,生態破壞已不斷蔓延,甚至連貝澳這個具重要生態價值的濕地亦無法倖免。­­­­­

自然資源並不只是屬於我們,也屬於我們的下一代。胡亂開發、缺乏管制及有效的保育措施,將會迅速破壞大嶼山這個自然寶庫,並令政府所承諾的可持續發展成為空談。

因此,多個環保團體敦請政府部門推行一系列的保育措施:

1. 在任何擬議發展前,制定全面的運輸和交通策略,透過交通管制減低違例發展的經濟誘因,避免擬議的發展超出環境承載量;

2. 修改《城市規劃條例》,讓發展審批地區圖能夠覆蓋南大嶼和黃龍坑,賦予規劃署能執法能力,並繼續加快將北大嶼餘下沒有法定管制的地區,如䃟頭、沙螺灣和深屈等納入發展審批地區圖,以提供法定保護;

3. 所有在大嶼山的發展計劃均應納入現時進行中的「香港2030+:跨越2030年的規劃遠景與策略」,並為所有擬議和計劃中的發展項目進行全面的策略性環境評估;

4. 在生態敏感地區設立不可發展地區,並實施有效的保育管理計劃。

針對東大嶼都會和其相關的交通和運輸策略,環團想特別指出:
1. 任何新的道路建設需要有充分理據,並須就其環境影響、成本效益和公眾利益的作出評估,以及進行公眾諮詢;

2. 環團反對現時建議的東大嶼都會和連接港島西、南大嶼、北大嶼和新界西北的策略性道路系統。因為東大嶼都會需要進行大規模填海工程,對海洋生態和水質造成極大影響,而策略性道路系統則會入侵郊野公園和許多生態敏感地區,為南大嶼,尤其是梅窩,帶來龐大的發展壓力,並會增加在附近水域航運的船隻流量,危害漁業資源和鯨科動物;

3. 東大嶼都會和策略性道路系統的建設沒有得到充分的理據支持,需要動用龐大資金,很可能成為新一個大白象工程。

多個環團亦發起網上聯署平台,鼓勵公眾就大嶼山發展向政府部門發表意見:
(英文網址: https://www.designinghongkong.com/forms/view.php?id=64298)
(中文網址:https://www.designinghongkong.com/forms/view.php?id=64884)

環團所列在大嶼山不同地區具重要保育價值的物種/生境(以英文版為準)
英文網址:Lantau green groups joint letter – appendix
中文網址:Lantau joint letter – appendix_final_ chinese

聯署團體(依筆劃序):
大嶼山愛護水牛協會
世界自然基金會香港分會
長春社
香港觀鳥會
香港海豚保育學會
島嶼活動行動
創建香港
綠色力量

(Press Release)

Develop first, No conservation
Lantau will be an Ugly Duckling
Green groups urge for implementation of conservation plan and traffic restriction first

Green groups strongly object to any large-scale development such as East Lantau Metropolis and the strategic road systems and request the government to make conservation the top priority for Lantau development, to safeguard the rich biodiversity and the close relationship between humans and nature on Lantau. The groups have presented a list of conservation measures (including traffic restriction) it urges the government to implement.

The First-term Work Report made by Lantau Development Advisory Committee (LanDAC) has been submitted to the Administration on January 2016.

This report proposed massive, “creative” and unassessed developments such as East Lantau Metropolis, super large-scale strategic road systems and numerous tourism facilities including viewing and stargazing facilities for the Sunset Peak. The proposed developments will have disastrous impacts on the ecosystem and the local community, and destroy the tranquil environment and magnificent landscape of Lantau.

Because of its unique location, Lantau has rich and diversified natural habitats such as low-lying wetlands, montane grasslands, freshwater streams and soft coral marine habitats. These habitats breed many rare and endangered species such as Chinese White Dolphin, Horseshoe Crab, Oval Halophila, Romer’s Tree Frog, Common Cerulean, Ayu Sweetfish and Brown Fish Owl. The most valuable thing is that human can live with nature closely. Bovine on Lantau was accepted as “heritage and landscape as human values” by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization for harmonic human-bovid relationship. This can show Lantau is definitely a nature treasure for us.

However, this First-term Work Report claims to support sustainable development but no positive conservation measure is proposed. LanDAC even proposes to relax the traffic restriction on closed roads, and establish a strategic road network connecting west of Hong Kong Island, South Lantau, North Lantau and North West of New Territories.

These measures would increase the development pressure by giving false hope to land owners, hindering any conservation plans and actions on Lantau, especially in ecologically sensitive rural areas where there is no Development Permission Area (DPA) plan and no statutory protection could be done by government, such as South Lantau and part of North Lantau. As a result, eco-vandalism has long been proliferating with impunity on private land without DPA plans, even in ecologically important wetlands like Pui O.

Our natural environment does not belong to us alone, but the next generations. Reckless development without appropriate controls and active conservation measures will quickly destroy the natural treasure of Lantau and lead to a failure of promised “sustainable development.”

Hence, green groups urge the Administration to implement a list of conservation measures:

1. Before any proposed development, develop a comprehensive transport and traffic strategy and restrict traffic to reduce the economic incentive for unauthorized developments and prevent proposed development from exceeding environmental carrying capacity;

2. Amend the Town Planning Ordinance to allow itself to cover South Lantau and Wong Lung Hang WITH DEVELOPMENT PERMISSION AREA PLANS, offering enforcement powers for the Planning Department and continue to speed up the process of DPA plan covering on the remaining lands of Lantau such as San Tau, Sha Lo Wan and Sham Wat, which have no statutory control, to provide statutory protection

3. Include any development plans on Lantau in the on-going “Hong Kong 2030+ Towards a Planning Vision and Strategy Transcending 2030” study and carry out a comprehensive Strategic Environmental Assessment for endorsement of all the proposed and planned developments on Lantau.

4. Set up NO-GO areas for ecologically sensitive areas and implement active conservation management plan

Regarding to East Lantau Metropolis and associated traffic and transport strategy, green groups highlight:

1. New roads should be well justified, assessed (in the context of environmental impacts, cost effectiveness and public interest), and the public should be consulted before.

2. Green groups object to the proposed East Lantau Metropolis which will create significant impact on marine ecosystem and water quality and strategic road system connecting west of Hong Kong Island, South Lantau, North Lantau and northern-west of New Territories, which will cut through the country parks and ecologically sensitive areas, and create significant development pressure in South Lantau especially Mui Wo and drastically increase vessel traffic in the surrounding waters and threaten fisheries resources and cetaceans

3. The construction of East Lantau Metropolis and the associated strategic road system is not well-justified and will cost a huge amount of money, having a very high potential to become new white elephant project.

Green groups have also launched an online petition platform to motivate the public to express their opinion on Lantau development to the Administration:
(Website: https://www.designinghongkong.com/forms/view.php?id=64298)

Key species/habitats of conservation concern in different areas of Lantau
Website:Lantau green groups joint letter – appendix

Co-signatories (in alphabetical order):
Designing Hong Kong
Green Power
Hong Kong Bird Watching Society
Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society
Lantau Buffalo Association
Living Islands Movememt
The Conservancy Association
WWF Hong Kong