Date
19 September 2017
Hong Kong's white dolphin population has been decimated by excessive encroachment into their habitat. Photo: Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society
Hong Kong's white dolphin population has been decimated by excessive encroachment into their habitat. Photo: Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society

Green groups lining up to block HK third runway plan

Hong Kong is yet to release an environmental impact assessment of a proposed third airport runway but already, green groups are lining up to oppose the plan, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Friday.

The plan will expand a reclamation area to 650 hectares, the second largest land development in Hong Kong, and affect marine habitat.

Environmental activists are fighting to protect the Chinese white dolphin, an endangered species that has been driven from nearby waters by infrastructure construction and development.  

The latest such infrastructure is the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge and related construction projects on Lantau, an outlying island, the report said.

The massive project has been blamed for a 60 percent decline in the rare animal to 61 in 2012 from 158 in 2003, the Hong Kong Dolphin Society said.

The government has received approval for two marine parks but has been putting off construction for 12 years, the report said.

Environmental groups worry that white dolphin will become extinct before the first of these marine parks is completed in 2016.

Society chairman Samuel Hung and other advocates are urging the government to speed up its construction.

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