TTT x The Harbour School: Post-trip mangrove workshop

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(26 June 2014) Back in March 2014, a group of students from The Habour School came to Tai Tam to learn about 3 aspects the area offered (a) mangroves and intertidal zone, (b) culture, (c) navigation and orienteering. After their trip to Myanmar in April, a student and parent of THS requested a follow-up session on mangroves and intertidal zone since the student was on the team to learn navigation and orienteering in March. The two came to Tai Tam and coincidentally, our interns from Eckerd College were also present to conduct field survey. The student had a chance to participate and learn some of the scientific methods being used.

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.

Classroom 1

Field survey briefing

BSAP presentation

Walking over

Prof Williams with students

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

Group photo

TTT @ UNESCO-DHI Aqua Republica

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(22 March 2014) The Eco Challenge for Water and Environment, UNEP-DHI was brought to HK by several partnering organizers. Aqua Republica is a virtual game modelled on real scenarios of water, environment, and human development. Students are required to coordinate and problem solve in order to develop and manage water, land and natural resources to maximize the economic and social welfare that is vital to ecosystems.

Over 60 students from local secondary schools attended the day-long gaming challenge at Science Park. The Eco Challenge will be held again in 2015 in Hong Kong, and we hope to see you there.

More photos here

More information on next year’s event here.

TTT x The Harbour School: Pre-trip mangrove workshop

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Over 17-19 March our Education Associate Director Vickie Yau joined with Hong Kong Explorers Initiative’s Laurel Chor, guiding students and teachers from The Harbour School to discover biodiversity in HK island’s last mangrove stand.  All in our backyard!

Students learned about the biology and natural history of Tai Tam Harbour (Inner Bay), then went onsite to see for themselves during the week’s afternoon low tides.  Did you know that this was one of HK’s first designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest back in 1975?

We learned to identify local species of mangroves (Kandelia obovata) and mudskippers (Periophthalmus cantonensis) and discovered some mystery mangrove slugs by following their trails!

More to follow.

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Educational resources for HK’s first Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan

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Happy Chinese New Year!

In the Year of the Horse our focus will be on Biodiversity education and awareness.  Did you know that in 2014 HK will finish drafting its first Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (BSAP)?

HK’s BSAP is due in 2015 under the international Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), signed by a record 193 countries at the time, to stop the global loss of plants, animals and habitat that support all life on earth.

Since early last year we have joined a diverse group of NGOs, universities, businesses and industries, to help the government formulate HK’s future biodiversity strategy and fulfil its obligations under the CBD.  With feedback due in June, we are all working hard doing research and testing initiatives, to provide practical, actionable and effective recommendations.

The next stage in helping the BSAP succeed is making biodiversity values visible and mainstream for HK people.  To do this we have joined a broad informal alliance of scientists and NGOs to form Hong Kong Biodiversity Action- with shared goals of helping HK people of all walks of life understand the benefits and services provided by nature, and supporting the government’s conservation efforts.  So when the BSAP is ready for action next year, everyone will want to join in!

For Tai Tam Tuk Eco Education Centre, supporting HK’s BSAP means helping students and schools understand its background and aims.  So we have designed a set of 20 slides for students, teachers and schools, to give a 10 minute presentation about the BSAP (yes, it is possible!).

The slides are supported by detailed notes so that anyone can understand this ambitious global convention, why HK is getting involved and what you as an individual can do.

Participants of our UNESCO-HK ESD 2013/14 Environment workshop received the first run of the slides, with broader delivery to partner schools over 2014 in progress.

Why not give it a go and tell us what you think.  After all, how better to learn than by learning to teach others?

Get in touch if you would like to find out more, and join us to spread the word in your school and community!

Learn more about the BSAP from the AFCD’s BSAP webpages.

Update

19 Feb 2014 / We’ve updated the slides with new graphics, and added a “Pechakucha“ version- with less text for snappy delivery, designed to be given in 6 minutes and 40 seconds, with 20 seconds for each slide.  Timed script coming soon! 

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TTT @ Utahloy International School Model United Nations

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(16-18 January 2014) This was the first MUN held at Utahloy International School in Zengcheng, Guangzhou. We were invited as the keynote speaker and moderator to speak on global issues related to plastic waste and resources.

Over 80 secondary school students in southern China attended the 3-day conference.

Feedback from the organizing teacher, Mr. Ladd said, “Your workshop was excellent and you brought a very high level of expertise and knowledge to our conference. Just as important, you know how to interact with the students and engage them.”

TTT @ UBC Dialogues: Marine Conservation Luxury or Necessity?

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(13 January 2014) UBC Dialogues “Marine Conservation: Luxury or Necessity?”

Vickie Yau, our Associate Director was a graduate of the University of British Columbia and in the beginning of 2014, she was invited to be a discussant on a panel of 3 on “Marine conservation: luxury or necessity.” Among the panel were Dr. Yvonne Sadovy, Professor, School of Biological Sciences from the University of Hong Kong’s Swire Institute of Marine Science, and Dr. Amanda Vincent, Professor, Fisheries Centre & Zoology, Canada Research Chair in Marine Conservation from UBC, and Director and Co-founder of Project Seahorse.

UBC Dialogue aims to engage alumni and the public about complex social issues.

The podcast and photos can be reviewed here at UBC dialogue.

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More photos and website

New home for Net Man

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30 November 2013 / Created for the Hong Kong-San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival 2013 and Ocean Art Walk by American artists Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang, Net Man is a 3 metre-high green giant made from local fishing nets from Aberdeen and rope from the Hong Kong Sea School in Stanley. And now he’s in Tai Tam Tuk!

After two months each in Stanley Waterfront, Cyberport and the Hong Kong Maritime Museum next to the Star Ferry pier in Central, we were finally able to bring him over to Tai Tam Tuk.

Net Man was inspired by Hong Kong’s complete ban on trawling which took effect on 31 December 2012. Very few countries have managed to do this, which is exciting progress by the HKSAR government. Read more from the SCMP article.

So are these really old trawler nets? Apparently not…Doug Woodring, founder of international non-profit Ocean Recovery Alliance and organiser of the HK-SF Int’l Ocean Film Festival told us that they thought used nets would be widely available from the many decommissioned trawlers stuck in Aberdeen Harbour after the ban, but that was not the case.

These vessels are being sold nets included to China or elsewhere. The AFCD Fisheries Education Centre overlooking the fleet from Aberdeen Harbour confirmed that even they did not own a whole net. They can typically reach 50 to 100 metres long, and are worth around HKD 50,000!

Net Man’s brother was on display at the America’s Cup in San Francisco.

Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang’s blog: http://beachplastic.com.

HK-SF International Ocean Film Festival: https://sites.google.com/site/asiaoceanfilmfestivals/.

Net Man TTT

Net Man 2

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