WWF Coastal Watch「育養海岸」活動- 19 June 2016 (Sunday)

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現在誠邀您參與我們在2016年舉辦的第二個公民科學(Citizen Science)活動-Coastal Watch「育養海岸」,內容包括生態及海洋垃圾調查+清理行動+BBQ

世界自然基金會香港分會(WWF)主辦的「育養海岸」計劃是香港首個大型公民科學普查活動,延續2012年膠粒事件的海洋保育精神,旨在搜集海洋垃圾和生物多樣性資訊,助政府制定長遠有效的海洋保育政策。在2014/15的活動中,已經有超過1000位義工在全港34個海岸地點參與計劃。今次活動是由科學家Maegen與保促進會的可持續發展專家帶領,目的是保護大潭的紅樹林。「育養海岸」是一個兩年的計劃,每半年於各個海岸地點搜集數據,今次是大潭最後一次的「育養海岸」活動。

招募對象: 修讀相關環境保護學科或對此議題有興趣的大專學生(包括IVE、各大學或院校學生)
名額:   25位
日期:   2016年6月19日(日)
時間:   13:30 -17:30
(13:30-16:00 生態及海洋垃圾調查+清理行動, 可參考6月天文台潮汐預報, 橫瀾島潮汐低於0.9m)
(16:00-17:30 BBQ)
地點:   大潭SSSI具特殊科學價值地點+ 大潭篤生態教育中心 ( 交通方法 )
內容:   紅樹林生態及海洋垃圾調查+清理行動+BBQ
費用:   全免

備註:

1. 當日會需要經過可能高於30cm深的小溪,請穿著合適的衣物和水鞋/堅固的密封鞋
2. 請帶備替換衣物
3. 可帶備防水袋以保護貴重物品如智能電話、相機等
4. 建議塗抹太陽油、戴帽及多喝水

報名方法: 請於2016年6月12日(日)或之前,填妥網上報名表格(http://goo.gl/forms/EwDi0FfIW1UjlUlK2),我們會盡快通知您是否獲選參與活動,先到先得。
歡迎邀請身邊朋友參與!  如有任何問題,歡迎電郵(bel@taitamtuk.org)查詢。

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We are now having a chance to explore Tai Tam SSSI – a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) with diverse terrestrial and marine habitats, including HK island’s last mangrove. Please join our second citizen science event for 2016, Survey + Cleanup + BBQ at Tai Tam! 

WWF’s Coastal Watch programme is HK’s first large-scale citizen science survey providing the EPD/AFCD data on marine debris and biodiversity after the 2012 plastic pellet crisis.  To obtain accurate picture of the marine litter problem around Hong Kong,1000+ people surveyed 34 coastal areas throughout HK in 2014-15.  This site action focuses on the protected mangrove area in Tai Tam led by Team Scientist Maegen with sustainability experts from Green Council HK. It’s the fourth and final survey of the two-year project and results will be released at the end of 2016.

Target: Students studied environmental related field or students who feel interested in environmental issues
Quota: 25
Date: 19 Jun (Sun), 2016
Time: 13:30 – 17:30
(13:30 -16:00 clean up + survey, predicted tide lower than 0.9 m, see June tide tables of Waglan Island)
(16:00 -17:30 BBQ)
Location:  Tai Tam SSSI + Tai Tam Tuk Eco Education Centre  (transportation)
Content: Mangrove scientific survey + cleanup + BBQ after
Cost: FREE

Remark:

1. Please wear suitable boots/sturdy closed-toe shoes and clothing as we will cross the stream and water level may reach 30 cm or higher.
2. Please bring spare clothes.
3. Please prepare water-proof bag to keep your own belongings like smartphone or camera.
4. Sunscreen, hats and drinking water are highly recommended.

Application: Please apply here (http://goo.gl/forms/EwDi0FfIW1UjlUlK2) to confirm your space by 11 June (Sun). First-come-first-served, friends welcome.  Looking forward to seeing you in the event!Please free feel to contact us(bel@taitamtuk.org) if you have any questions.

 

HKBioBlitz: School groups register now!

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14 August 2015 / HKBioBlitz is open for school applications!

Target: Secondary students (S1-S6 / Grade 6-12) (quota applies, see poster)
Application deadline: 31 August 2015, first-come, first served
Application method: Return completed reply slip (ENG/中文) (FULL)

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HKBioBlitz Information page

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Information sheet: click here.

Presentation: click here.

Stakeholder Engagement Sessions:
Session 1: For Experts
Date: 24 July 2015 (Fri)
Time: 9:30am-12pm
Venue: Tai Tam Tuk Foundation, 56 Tai Tam Tuk Village, HK
Aim: To coordinate stakeholder input in proposed protocol and activities- how can BioBlitzes help the wider public experience HK biodiversity?

Session 2: For Schools
Details: 22 September 2015 @ Civic Exchange (For registered schools only)
Aim: To coordinate stakeholder input in proposed protocol and activities. Facilitated by Civic Exchange.

Session 3: For Experts x Schools
Details: 6 October 2015 @ Civic Exchange (For registered schools only)
Aim: To coordinate stakeholder input in proposed protocol and activities, promote networking between experts and schools. Facilitated by Civic Exchange.

Volunteer training:
Date/Time: 10 Oct 2015 (Sat)
Aim: Familiarise volunteers with site, duties, expectations; educate on wildlife recording, working with the public, countryside code.

BioBlitz Event:
Expert Guided Tours for Schools: 24 October 2015 (Sat) 9:30am-3pm
Expert Surveys: 24-25 October 2015 (Sat-Sun) 4pm-4pm

Project Coordinator Recruitment: (5/8/2015 POSITION FILLED- THANKS FOR THE INTEREST!)
We are looking for a BioBlitz Project Coordinator (4 months contract Aug-Nov 2015).
Job description: click here.

Schools Recruitment:
Poster (ENG /中文).
This event is now open for registration! First come first served, quota applies, deadline for applications 31 August 2015. (FULL)
This is a FREE event sponsored by HKSAR Environment and Conservation Fund!

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HKBioBlitz: First Stakeholder Engagement Session

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24 July 2015 / We had a fantastic first Stakeholder Engagement Session for participating experts, facilitated by Civic Exchange and including a briefing and sharing of the UK BioBlitz experience by Matt Postles of Bristol Natural History Consortium (BNHC)!

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UNESCO-HK / UNEP-DHI Eco-challenge 2015

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On 31 January, UNESCO HK Association with HK Digital Game-based Learning Association and other HK-based and international organizations held a workshop for their annual Eco Challenge for Water and Environment, using the platform developed by UNEP-DHI, Aqua Republica.

The platform uses a virtual game model that simulates management of water, land, natural resource and development. As a key part of the workshop, we ran a session for the students to help them understand the complexity of water resources and the challenges associated with management and development. This year, the theme was specific to the environment of Singapore.

This year, over 450 students signed up for the Eco Challenge, and 130 students attended the workshop. Aside from HK, 12 other countries in and around Asia signed up for the challenge. Over February and March, students will compete locally and the winners will proceed to attend the international competition in Korea in April.

Good luck to our Hong Kong participants!

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More photos here.

TTT & Utahloy International School won GOLD in Greenest Team for the Coastal Clean-up

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One of the activities during the camp at Pak Lap was a beach cleanup.  Over the course of 3 days, each student team of about 11 students and 3 staff spent 1 hour picking up trash and about 2 hours sorting and accounting for all the items.

We are proud to be part of the HK Cleanup Challenge among 418 teams and 51,064 participants. Our team collected a modest 290 KGS of trash, which is a very small fraction of the total collected by all the participants, a shocking 3,894,000 KGS in 2014.

The Greenest Team Award is awarded to the team who have recycled the largest amount of items.

Our team recycled 811 plastic bottles, 25 glass jars/bottles, and 18 aluminum cans.

Photos of the award ceremony can be viewed here.

Information on the HK Cleanup can be found here.

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TTT x WWF Coastal Watch: Tai Tam survey

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6 September 2014 / On Saturday 6 September, TTT and Green Council Hong Kong are surveying Tai Tam for Coastal Watch, a new Hong Kong-wide citizen science programme.

Coastal Watch is an ecological survey and coastal cleanup programme organised by WWF-HK with six strategic partners and supported by the Hong Kong Government.

Over 800 volunteers have already signed up to help scientists collect data on 27 sites above and below water!

The partners came together in July 2012 to lead the cleanup from Hong Kong’s biggest plastic spill, when 150 tonnes of “nurdles” fell off a container ship during Typhoon Vicente and began washing up on beaches 48 hours later.

The aim is long-term data collection using consistent methodology, shared with the public, government and NGOs, to mobilise public awareness and develop effective marine conservation policies.

We have created this new iSpot Project as a pilot to confirm species surveyed in Tai Tam.

UPDATE

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TTT x HKU Environmental Life Science Society: BSAP Student Workshop

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TTT and The University of Hong Kong’s Environmental Life Science Society present a Secondary Student Workshop on Hong Kong’s Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan.

Have you heard of “biodiversity”?
Why is biodiversity important to our lives?
Come join our workshop on 26 April to explore Hong Kong island’s last mangrove forest at Tai Tam.
Let’s discover what nature really means to us!
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UPDATE

Big thank you to ELSS and student participants for a fantastic workshop on Saturday! Full report to follow.
Check IDs of what we saw at iSpot‘s new Hong Kong community page.

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Field survey briefing

BSAP presentation

Walking over

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By the water

Bubble alga

Stripey mangrove barnacles

Milky fiddler crab

Bulbulcus ibis

Closer look at local wildlife

Photographing specimen

Back in classroom

Small group discussions

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TTT x UNESCO-HK ESD 2013/14: Biodiversity Workshop

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23 November 2013 / Students and teachers from Shatin Methodist College, CUHKFAA Chan Chun Ha Secondary School, Ling Liang Church M H Lau Secondary School and St Paul’s Secondary School joined us at the Eco Education Centre for a workshop on Biodiversity of Tai Tam Tuk.

This was our second workshop hosted in a series organised by UNESCO-HK’s Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Learning Programme 2013/14 under the Environment theme, with this year’s focus: “Preserve the environment for sustainable development”.

We structured the workshop to facilitate learning about the rich biodiversity of HK’s diverse ecosystems, but also to explore the relationship between conservation and sustainable development.  What is the value of protecting biodiversity?  How have international conventions decided to manage global biodiversity?  What is HK doing about it?  What can we all do about it- starting locally?

The session was led by TTT’s Vickie Yau collaborating with Dr Terence Ng, a post-doctoral fellow at The Swire Institute of Marine Science, University of HK, in neighbouring Cape D’Aguilar.

Dr Ng received his PhD in marine science in 2013.  His research focuses on the poorly understood sexual selection strategies of marine snails.  Students were lucky to watch Dr Ng’s footage of the snails in action!

Students learned about the environmental science of intertidal ecology of HK and the Tai Tam Tuk mangroves, and received practical guidance on identifying common local mangroves and associated fauna such as mudskippers and Buddhist crabs.  Jenna Ho Marris, one of our founders, gave a short presentation about HK’s first Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, which is due in 2015.

Students were then guided to conduct independent field studies of the physical and biological features of the exposed intertidal zone by the Eco Education Centre.  Vickie closed the session with a reminder about plastic marine debris and its impact on biodiversity.

Thanks to Dr Terence Ng and SWIMS for their support, and to volunteers Ken Wong, Maggie Yu and Law Shun Hei of the City University Photographic Society.

Learn more about Terence’s work, watch his winning presentation at the Three Minute Thesis Competition 2012 here.

More photos from the workshop can be accessed at UNESCO-HK’s online album.

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