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Nature conservation has been a focus of Civic Exchange’s work since 2001. Our approach has remained the same in that time: to raise awareness about the value of nature conservation, and to ensure that decisions about conservation are made with the involvement of the wider community.
Hong Kong has an extraordinarily diverse range of species, habitats and landscapes. However, our own biodiversity has only remained intact because its huge ecological footprint draws on natural resources extracted far beyond its borders.
A major milestone was reached in 2011 when the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was extended to Hong Kong. This historic international agreement commits its member parties to take effective and urgent actions to halt the loss of biodiversity, and to reduce the impact on the environmental both locally and abroad.
Civic Exchange’s research and engagement work applies the principles of the CBD to benchmark world-class practices for conserving nature in Hong Kong. Our effort to steer decision and policy makers towards actions based on sound ecological principles is applied beyond our work on nature conservation, but is adapted on a range of other policy priorities at Civic Exchange including research on air quality management, water resource management, transport and urban planning as well as social sustainability.