To Town Planning Board,
A member of civil society has made an application to the Town Planning Board for the rezonation of the Central Waters under Lantau Tomorrow Vision (LTV) into a site with “Other Specified Uses” annotated “Reserved for General Marine Functions Uses” (Y/I-NEL/1) to protect the ocean from reclamation.
Drive Positive Change
The proposed area in this planning application overlaps with part of artificial islands under LTV where vast reclamation would be conducted. In light of marine conservation the local NGO suggests the conversion of a site reserved for general marine functions use. Currently this area is assigned to be “Container Terminal”, “Container Back-up Area” and “Open Space” [Ref.1]. The reclamation proposal for a container terminal in the Central Waters had not been pursued and should not be resumed.
Comply with the Convention on Biological Diversity
The Central Waters have significant biodiversity and nurture species with high conservation value [Ref. 2]. They are the habitats for coral communities and some rare species living on the seafloor including sea pens and spotted seahorses. White-bellied Sea Eagle, a national second-class protected species (according to China’s environmental protection laws), is found inhabiting the surrounding islands. The endangered Bogadek’s Burrowing Lizard is endemic to Sunshine island. Rezoning this site will avoid irreversible environmental damage created by reclamation. This application aligns with the Aichi Biodiversity Target No. 5 & 11 under Convention on Biological Diversity of the United Nations which aims at reducing the stress of natural habitats under urban development and protecting the coastal and marine regions.
“Reserved for General Marine Functions Uses”
The planning application also intends to preserve the basic function of the marine environment for public use including vessel traffic services, operation of pleasure vessel, fishery, leisure activities and scientific research for its ecosystems and wildlife. These activities shall be banned in the proposed area: reclamation; any developments that damage or permanently change the current landscape of seabed; and exploitation of marine resources including digging.
One Man One Letter
We urge your support for this planning application to facilitate the establishment of a marine region as “Other Specified Uses” annotated “Reserved for General Marine Functions Uses” by sending your comments to the Town Planning Board via this petition.
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[Ref. 1] HKGov. (2005). Draft North-East Lantau Outline Zoning Plan approved (S/I-NEL/12). Press Releases.
[Ref. 2] WWF Hong Kong. (2020). East Lantau Reclamation. New Deal for Nature and People. Oceans. [English only]