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Article: The country parks programme and countryside conservation in Hong Kong

TitleThe country parks programme and countryside conservation in Hong Kong
Authors
Issue Date1986
PublisherSpringer New York LLC. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0251-1088
Citation
The Environmentalist, 1986, v. 6 n. 4, p. 259-270 How to Cite?
AbstractUrban and agricultural developments in Hong Kong are intensive and spatially concentrated in a quarter of the land, leaving a sizeable area of hilly countryside with unrestricted access, relatively empty and unspoilt. Care for this common heritage, in the past, focused on afforestation of the denuded hillslopes especially in reservoir catchments. The remaining parts, covered by grasses and shrubs, hardly received attention. The rapid population growth, urban encroachment and unplanned recreational use, threatened to engulf and ruin the countryside from the 1960s. A country parks programme was initiated belatedly in 1972, and was rapidly accomplished, so that in 1979 40 percent of the land was designated. The parks are broadly divided into high-intensity recreation, low-intensity recreation, and conservation zones. The programme has been successful in encouraging informal outdoor recreation, but has also engendered environmental problems which contradict the principal conservation goal. The overuse of sites and footpaths causes soil and vegetation damage. Hill fires, ignited by, and widely dispersed litter, left by, irresponsible and careless visitors, are additional forces of degradation. Long-term management should aim at containing these problems and plan for the anticipated changing recreational demands in the future. © 1986 Science and Technology Letters.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/157751
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dc.contributor.authorJim, CYen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-08T08:55:34Z-
dc.date.available2012-08-08T08:55:34Z-
dc.date.issued1986en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe Environmentalist, 1986, v. 6 n. 4, p. 259-270en_US
dc.identifier.issn0251-1088en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/157751-
dc.description.abstractUrban and agricultural developments in Hong Kong are intensive and spatially concentrated in a quarter of the land, leaving a sizeable area of hilly countryside with unrestricted access, relatively empty and unspoilt. Care for this common heritage, in the past, focused on afforestation of the denuded hillslopes especially in reservoir catchments. The remaining parts, covered by grasses and shrubs, hardly received attention. The rapid population growth, urban encroachment and unplanned recreational use, threatened to engulf and ruin the countryside from the 1960s. A country parks programme was initiated belatedly in 1972, and was rapidly accomplished, so that in 1979 40 percent of the land was designated. The parks are broadly divided into high-intensity recreation, low-intensity recreation, and conservation zones. The programme has been successful in encouraging informal outdoor recreation, but has also engendered environmental problems which contradict the principal conservation goal. The overuse of sites and footpaths causes soil and vegetation damage. Hill fires, ignited by, and widely dispersed litter, left by, irresponsible and careless visitors, are additional forces of degradation. Long-term management should aim at containing these problems and plan for the anticipated changing recreational demands in the future. © 1986 Science and Technology Letters.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSpringer New York LLC. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0251-1088en_US
dc.relation.ispartofThe Environmentalisten_US
dc.titleThe country parks programme and countryside conservation in Hong Kongen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailJim, CY:hragjcy@hkucc.hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1007/BF02238057en_US
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dc.identifier.volume6en_US
dc.identifier.issue4en_US
dc.identifier.spage259en_US
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