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Saturday, October 29, 2016, 00:03

HK internships launched for Sichuan panda reserve

By Willa Wu
HK internships launched for Sichuan panda reserve
Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor (right), Zhang Hemin (third left), director of Sichuan Wolong National Nature Reserve Administration, and Matthias Li Sing-chung (left), chief executive of Ocean Park, pose with children in panda suits during Hong Kong's Post-quake Reconstruction Support Work in Sichuan Completion Ceremony and Sharing Session on Reconstruction of Wolong National Nature Reserve in Quarry Bay on Friday. (Roy Liu/China Daily)

HONG KONG - The government is working on two internship programs with the Wolong National Natural Reserve in Sichuan, planning to send local students to experience life in the giant pandas’ habitat, Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced on Friday.

Lam, officiating at the SAR’s Post-quake Reconstruction Support Work in Sichuan Completion Ceremony and Sharing Session on Reconstruction of Wolong National Nature Reserve, said the two programs have different focuses.

In the past 8 years, HK has provided about HK$10 billion of funding for reconstruction projects in Wenchua

University students are welcome to join one program to work side by side with their mainland counterparts in Wolong, learning about environmental protection, pandas in captivity, conservation for wild animals and plants, and eco-travel management.

The other program will be open for mainly secondary school students in Hong Kong to work as volunteers in the reserve helping to attend to the giant pandas. When they come back, the students will bring their experience and contribute to promoting environmental protection and education.

Lam also introduced the assistance provided by the SAR government to Wenchuan, a county in Sichuan province where the Wolong reserve nestles. It experienced a massive earthquake in 2008.

In the past eight years, Hong Kong has provided about HK$10 billion of funding for reconstruction projects in Wenchuan since the devastating earthquake in 2008. The assistance from Hong Kong has helped in infrastructure building, education, medical and hygiene services, social welfare and reconstruction of the Wolong Reserve.

As a gesture of thanks, admission to the two giant panda bases inside the Wolong reserve has been free for Hong Kong people since May this year. Lam noted that more than 2,000 Hong Kong visitors have already toured the two sites.

Presenting at the same event with Lam, Chief Executive of Ocean Park Matthias Li Sing-chung told China Daily that the park will work closely with Wolong, which has sent four giant pandas to the park in the past 17 years.

He said the park will help the reserve to develop eco-travel packages, while the reserve will send experts to Ocean Park next year to review mating mechanisms applied to Ying Ying and Le Le. The two young pandas were sent to Hong Kong in 2005 and have not yet given birth to any cubs.

Free photo exhibitions will be held in various locations from today (Saturday) to Dec 29, for the public to gain a better understanding of the bond created between Sichuan and Hong Kong in the past eight years.

Director of the Sichuan Wolong National Nature Reserve Administration Zhang Hemin will give a talk at Ocean Park today. He will introduce the post-quake reconstruction work for the Wolong reserve and scientific research for conservation of giant pandas.

willa@chinadailyhk.com

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