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Sunday, October 08, 2017, 13:30
Hong Kong Biodiversity Festival 2017 launched
By Xinhua
Sunday, October 08, 2017, 13:30 By Xinhua

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department has jointly organized a three-month Hong Kong Biodiversity Festival 2017 with 40 partner organizations. The "Nature Around Us" Art Exhibition at Pier 7 in Central unveiled the event on Oct 7, 2017. After officiating at the ceremony Saturday, Secretary for the Environment, Wong Kam-sing, center, and Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation, Dr Leung Siu-fai, right, are briefed by the landscape photographer, Will Cho, left, on how his photographs depict the beauty of nature. (PHOTO / INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, HKSAR)

HONG KONG – The Hong Kong Biodiversity Festival 2017 will offer more than 100 fun-filled activities from October to December to promote the rich biodiversity of Hong Kong.

It is easy to find elements of nature in our surroundings even though many of us live in the city 

Wong Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment, HKSAR

The "Nature Around Us" Art Exhibition, which is being held on Oct 7-8, served to launch the Hong Kong Biodiversity Festival 2017.

Officiating at the launching ceremony, Wong Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government, said that Hong Kong is gifted with nature as it is just a stone's throw from urban areas.

"It is easy to find elements of nature in our surroundings even though many of us live in the city," he said.

He expressed his hope that the Hong Kong Biodiversity Festival will help enhance public awareness of local biodiversity and conserve natural resources in their daily lives.

With the support of some 40 partners, including government departments, universities, community organizations and public and private sectors, the three-month Hong Kong Biodiversity Festival 2017 is organized by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department this year in various locations under the theme "Nature Around Us."  

To promote biodiversity and foster a sense of nature appreciation, a series of activities including workshops, exhibitions, seminars, training, volunteer programs and family days will be organized.

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