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Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 14:46

HK to join panda reserve renewal project

By chinadailyasia.com
HK to join panda reserve renewal project
Hong Kong SAR's Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam ( second left) tours the sculptures at the podium rooftop of the Chengdu International Finance Square on May 10, 2016. (GIS)

HONG KONG - The Hong Kong SAR government plans to take part in the renewal of Wolong National Nature Reserve, the world’s best known panda preserve and research center.

Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor made the announcement Tuesday during an official visit to Sichuan province. The announcement came ahead of the 8th anniversary of the May 12 earthquake in 2008 that killed nearly 70,000 people and left more than 18,000 others missing.

The research center at Wolong Nature Reserve sustained heavy damages in the quake, forcing temporary relocation of the giant pandas.

The Hong Kong government has established a HK$9 billion fund to help with the reconstruction of Sichuan province, plus another HK$13 billion donated by the Hong Kong society.

The contribution to improvements of the nature reserve will come from the residual fund. Lam said the fund will be used to facilitate the development of a world-class biodiversity protection center. She said it will serve as a model for sustainable development emphasizing a harmonious relationship with nature.

"Currently, except for two road projects which are expected to be completed by the end of 2016, 188 out of 190 Hong Kong reconstruction projects have come into operation,” she said.

Lam also visited two developments built with Hong Kong investment in the municipality. She met with Hong Kong entrepreneurs in the area to gain better insight into business prospects there.

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