How to recover wetlands in the northern metropolitan area | Changchun News Agency | Position News

In the northern metropolitan area proposed in the policy address, private wetlands and fish ponds should be recovered for more efficient management and utilization, and a large number of abandoned and degraded habitats should be restored. Among them, Nan Sang Wai, Sambo Shu, and Oy Husk Wai are recommended to be wetted. Land Conservation Park; the fish ponds and wetlands in Fung Lok Wai and Tsim Bei Tsui are included in the current Hong Kong Wetland Park; Sha Ling/Nan Hang is used as a natural ecological park; the coastal protection areas in Tsim Bei Tsui, Lau Fau Shan and Pak Nai are constructed Coastal protection park.The government is willing to take back fish ponds with conservation value for conservation purposes, breaking the previous conservation model. The method is correct. However, read it carefully.“Northern Metropolis Development Strategy”After (“Development Strategy”), many details need to be clarified as soon as possible:

1. Is there a timetable for implementation?

The “Development Strategy” stated that “wetland recovery and fish pond recovery can be implemented gradually in phases on time.” It seems to have revealed that there is no exact time and date for implementation at this stage. It’s louder and rainier”?

2. What is the scope of land resumption?

Different paragraphs of the “Development Strategy” mentioned the area involved in the resumption of wetlands and fish ponds, but the figures seem to be inconsistent. Initially, the article mentioned that “the total area of ​​private wetlands and fish ponds is estimated to be about 700 hectares.” The total area of ​​the three wetland parks has exceeded 700 hectares, taking into account the areas of Feng Lok Wai and Tsim Bei Tsui (about 200 hectares) merged into the wetland park. Did the agency count the wrong number? Please correct me. The drawings in the document are intended to express the concept and understandable, but the actual scope of land resumption should also be accurately explained in the short term.

3. Is the recovery of wetlands a disguised mode of cooperation between the public and private sectors?

The policy address revealed that the Environment Bureau will “simplify and optimize public-private partnership (PPP) arrangements under the new nature conservation policy, taking into account development and conservation.” The new amendment allows landowners to return the land that needs conservation to the government, and the government takes the initiative to protect and manage it. At the same time, they must pay the government a sum of money that can generate enough regular income to maintain long-term conservation work. As for land that is less susceptible to ecological damage, limited development is allowed. The landowner must pay a full market value for this land premium in accordance with the established mechanism.

This “land resumption” model is different in nature from the successful cases of Longyuan Natural Park, which reclaimed private agricultural land for restoration and active protection of the ecology, because once the land owner’s land is recovered, it will not be allowed to be conserved. Continue to develop within the scope. In the past, we have been worried that even if the development is carried out in the “parts that are less vulnerable to ecological damage,” because the development is still very close to the conservation area, the ecological impact is still very significant, even offsetting the effectiveness of conservation work in the conservation area. If the government optimizes The recovery of wetlands by PPP has not yet completely solved this problem.

Another issue is how to ensure long-term conservation of wetlands. Even if the government takes back the wetlands from the developers, how “long-term” is the funds paid by the developers for conservation? If the developer transfers the development project in the future, how will the conservation responsibilities of these wetland parks be arranged? To make matters worse, the wetlands are justified as official land. Will it be even more difficult to constrain developers to assume conservation responsibilities in the future?

Compared with the traditional new town model, this optimized PPP model is used to “recover” the wetlands. The government should also think carefully about the pros and cons of the two, and at the same time explain clearly to the public.

Changchun News Agency’s response to the policy address 2021

#北都市区#Wetland conservation
#南生围#三宝树#Sea Shell Wai
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