28 December 2012
A study visit to Lai Chi Wo was conducted involving architects and ecologists, for a preliminary survey of the fields and houses in the village.
The architects who joined the study group going to Lai Chi Wo via Sha Tau Kok Pier. 建築師經沙頭角碼頭往荔枝窩考察。
The architects joined the study group to Lai Chi Wo, boarding at Sha Tau Kok Pier .





12 December 2012

HKCF made a submission to the Chief Executive as an input to the drafting of the Policy Address, covering the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Hong Kong and the operation of the Environmental Impact Assessment process.



24 November 2012

A further note on the subject of Sha Lo Tung was sent to the Environment Bureau, to indicate that the ex-situ land exchange might be supported provided that the developer’s land becomes government land and that the Sha Lo Tung Priority Site of ecological importance is incorporated into Pat Sin Leng Country Park.



5 Novermber 2012

Board members Ruy Barretto, Patrick Lau and Roger Nissim paid a study visit to Tai Long Sai Wan. Continued encroachment on government land was observed. The results of illegal works apparently were reflected de facto in the Draft Map accompanying the notice about the incorporation of Tai Long Sai Wan into Sai Kung East Country Park.

The follow-up letter to Director of Lands pointed out various breaches which required government actions. Lands Department replied in December, indicating that legal action was being taken.

The follow-up letter to Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation pointed out the errors in the Draft Map. A formal objection to the proposed extension was raised on the technical ground that an incorrect map had been used.





25 October 2012

A working meeting with villagers of Lai Chi Wo was held.  A mechanism was worked out which would simplify the process of leasing land and houses in preparation for a potential village re-vitalization project.



16 October 2012

A letter was sent to Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, alerting her to the issues related to the Sha Lo Tung case.



4 October 2012

A meeting with Mr KS Wong, Secretary for the Environment and Ms Christine Loh, Under-Secretary for the Environment, took place.  Board Directors Lam Chiu Ying and Ruy Barretto briefed them about HKCF’s observations about the Sha Lo Tung case as well as the ecological importance of the site.



1 August 2012

Board member Lam Chiu Ying visited the UK National Trust to study their mode of operation.



16 July 2012

Board Director Ruy Barretto contributed to an informal briefing for interested ACE members, conducted by the Alliance immediately before ACE’s formal meeting.  It succeeded in prompting the ACE to reserve its position until the project proponent responded to further questions raised by the ACE.



14 July 2012

A letter was sent to the developer in Sha Lo Tung, pointing out that “non in situ land exchange” could be a solution to break the long-standing stalemate.