Inter-departmental Working Group on Marine Environmental Management

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, Secretary for Food & Health Dr Ko Wing-man and Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing brief the media on the progress of plastic pellet cleanup operations. Mr. Wong Kam-sing, the Secretary for the Environment expects close government-community collaboration to protect the environment. The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mrs Carrie Lam (right), and the Secretary for the Environment, Mr Wong Kam-sing (left) meet with various organisations and individuals to express the Government's appreciation for their assistance in cleaning up the plastic pellets. Permanent Secretary for the Environment / Director of Environmental Protection Mr Donald Tong, JP is giving a speech

The Government has adopted a three-pronged strategy - reducing waste generation at source, reducing the amount of refuse entering the marine environment, and removing refuse from the marine environment. The Government has implemented various measures for improving the cleanliness of our waters and shorelines.

In order to focus the discussion and handling of marine refuse and marine environmental incidents and to strengthen the inter-departmental cooperation, in January 2018, the Inter-departmental Working Group on Clean Shorelines set up in November 2012 was revamped and renamed as Inter-departmental Working Group on Marine Environmental Management (the Working Group) with two task forces set up under it, namely the Task Force on Marine Refuse and Task Force on Emergency Response to Marine Environmental Incidents.

The terms of reference and membership of the Working Group are as follows:

Terms of Reference

  1. Review and update strategies on a regular basis through the work of the Task Force on Marine Refuse, and the Task Force on Emergency Response to Marine Environmental Incidents to continuously enhance the Government’s efforts on marine environmental management, including the work on tackling marine refuse problem, strengthening its capability and preparedness on emergency response to marine environmental incidents arising from and in connection with various pollution sources;
  2. Consider the existing and planned work programmes of the above two Task Forces and monitor their implementation progress on a regular basis; and
  3. Foster cross-boundary collaboration with Guangdong authorities on various marine environmental issues.

Membership

Chairman
Permanent Secretary for the Environment

Membership
Representatives at directorate level from:

  1. Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department
  2. Drainage Services Department
  3. Environmental Protection Department
  4. Fire Services Department
  5. Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
  6. Home Affairs Department
  7. Hong Kong Observatory
  8. Leisure and Cultural Services Department
  9. Marine Department

Working Group’s Activities

The Inter-departmental Working Group on Clean Shorelines (the WG) has planned various activities to promote clean shorelines. For details, please see below.

Be Our Partner to organise the Shorelines Cleanup Day (2018-2019)

Since April 2015, the Working Group has launched the Shorelines Cleanup Day to partner with the community to protect the environment and keep Hong Kong’s shorelines clean. Various organisations including schools, non-governmental organisations and commercial companies have joined and contributed to a cleaner coastal environment. This year, we will continue looking partners to organise joint shorelines cleanup events. Our partners will be our co-organisers of individual Shorelines Cleanup Days, mainly to look after the recruitment of volunteers, while we will provide on-site programme briefing on cleanup procedures and refuse data collection for the participants, necessary gears and materials (gloves, garbage bags, data cards, stationery, portable scales, etc.) and, where necessary, land transportation. We will publicise the cleanup events on our website, and other interested individuals could contact the organising partners for participating in the cleanup events.The second stage cleanup events from December 2018 to March 2019 are now open for registration.

First Phase

Date Location Co-organiser
14 April 2018 (Sat)
9:00 am-1:00 pm
Ting Kok, Tai Po Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital Photos Event Achievement
12 May 2018 (Sat)
9:00 am-1:00 pm
Lung Kwu Sheung Tan, Tuen Mun MTR Photos Event Achievement
9 June 2018 (Sat)
9:00 am-1:00 pm
Tai Long Wan, Shek Pik, Lantau* Intercontinental Hong Kong Cancelled due to bad weather
21 July 2018 (Sat)
9:00 am-1:00 pm
Po Chue Tam, Tai O, Lantau* The Federation of Hong Kong and Kowloon Labour Unions Photos Event Achievement
18 August 2018 (Sat)
9:00 am-1:00 pm
Yim Tin Tsai, Tai Po* The Hong Kong Girl Guides Association Cancelled due to bad weather
* After getting off from coach, participants need to walk about 10-20 minutes to reach the event venue.

Second Phase

Tentative Schedule

Date Location Co-organiser

15 December 2018 (Sat) am

Yim Tin Tsai, Tai Po*

 

29 December 2018 (Sat) am

Sha Lan, Tai Po

 

5 January 2019 (Sat) am

Ting Kok, Tai Po

 

19 January 2019 (Sat) am

Lung Kwu Sheung Tan, Tuen Mun

 

2 February 2019 (Sat) am

Po Chue Tam, Tai O in Lantau*

 

16 February 2019 (Sat) am

Lung Kwu Tan, Tuen Mun

 

2 March 2019 (Sat) pm

Shap Long, Lantau*

 

16 March 2019 (Sat) am

Tai Long Wan, Lantau*

 
* After getting off from coach, participants need to walk about 15-20 minutes to reach the event venue.
  • Interested groups can fill in and return this registration form to the Environmental Protection Department 3 weeks before the tentative cleanup event. Registration is on first come first served basis. To encourage non-profit making organizations and schools to participate in the cleanup events, we will accord priority to processing their registrations.
  • We may also make alternative arrangements, such as collaboration between parties or arrangement of additional cleanup events, as deemed necessary.

Act NOW! Spread the word and be our partner of the above cleanup events!

Please feel free to contact us at 2594 6578 for more relevant information.

Volunteers are picking up refuse on beach Volunteers are picking up refuse on beach Volunteers are picking up refuse on beach Volunteers are taking a group photo after cleanup

 

Inter-departmental Working Group on Marine Environmental Management: Engagement Session with Community Groups

On 20 September 2018, the Working Group held an engagement session to exchange views with community groups and public on issues regarding keeping the shorelines clean at the Duke of Windsor Social Service Building in Wan Chai.

The engagement session was hosted by Mr Donald Tong, Permanent Secretary for the Environment and Chairperson of the Working Group, with the attendance of representatives of the Working Group’s member departments. The engagement session started with a presentation by Working Group representative on our actions and strategies on keeping the shorelines clean. This was followed by an open floor discussion for attendees to exchange their views with Government representatives. Valuable views and suggestions on our efforts in keeping the shorelines clean and tackling marine refuse were gathered at the meeting.

Powerpoint on Clean Shorelines work 2018

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Silverstrand Beach Cleanup after Typhoon Mangkhut

The super Typhoon Mangkhut has caused massive amount of marine refuse washed up on beaches and shorelines in Hong Kong. The joint efforts of many community members and volunteers in clearing refuse at coastlines to help restore the natural environment are much appreciated. We, together with over 150 volunteers and students conducted a joint cleanup event at Silverstrand Beach on 22 September. The Secretary for the Environment, the Under Secretary for the Environment as well as representatives of relevant departments also participated in the event to show support to the community-government efforts. More than 150 volunteers and students participated in clearing refuse at the beach, with a total of about 1 250 kg of refuse collected.

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