Sustainability

Biodiversity

Biodiversity

The AA aims to avoid and minimise adverse impacts on biodiversity related to the development and operation of HKIA.

The Airport Authority (AA) has a responsibility to avoid and minimise adverse impacts on biodiversity related to the airport’s operation and development. As such, the AA has implemented a range of biodiversity conservation programmes, and also developed a Biodiversity Strategy to ensure a structured approach to biodiversity management.

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Sustainable Dining Policy

Sustainable Dining Policy

In 2013, the AA launched its “Sustainable Seafood Pre-order Dining Policy” which requires banquet menus paid for by AA and catering for 12 or more people to refrain from serving any of the 13 species from World Wide Fund for Nature Hong Kong’s “Seafood to Avoid” list.

In 2015, the Policy was renamed the “Sustainable Dining Policy”, widening its scope to include sustainable consumption of non-marine species, including snakes, turtles and black moss.

In 2016, the AA implemented a complete ban on shark fin for all corporate dining and meals, and updated the AA's Sustainable Dining Policy accordingly.

Sustainable Dining Policy

Research on Chinese White Dolphin (CWD) Conservation

In 2015, the AA supported a study on potential CWD conservation strategies in the Pearl River Estuary (PRE). In phase one, facilitated by the AA, 44 airport business partners committed to support a HK$2 million study conducted by the University of Hong Kong and Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong (OPCFHK) to quantify the CWD population in the PRE. This was the first time a systematic survey of this type and intensity has been conducted anywhere in the PRE.

In phase two, OPCFHK developed a science-based conservation research framework and action plan with HK$3.8 million in funding from the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) Environmental Fund. A steering committee composed of overseas experts was also formed under the International Union for Conservation of Nature to monitor and review the progress. The project was concluded in March 2017.

Romer’s Tree Frog

Romer’s Tree Frog is a rare species that is endemic to just four islands in Hong Kong - Chek Lap Kok, Po Toi, Lantau Island and Lamma Island. Due to the construction of airport on Chek Lap Kok in early 1990s, a rescue operation was undertaken by the University of Hong Kong to establish a captive population, which was then successfully translocated to appropriate habitats in Hong Kong.

Romer’s tree frog was rediscovered on Scenic Hill in 2004. A 2014/15 study on the status and population of Romer’s tree frogs on Chek Lap Kok was conducted and concluded that a viable population is now in place.

Monitoring of terrestrial non-native insect species

From August 2015 to September 2017, the AA supported a study undertaken by the University of Hong Kong to monitor native and exotic communities of ants and moths at the airport and the surrounding habitats through the HKIA Environmental Fund. The project aims to raise awareness on the ecological impacts of invasive species, and to prevent their establishment and habitat expansion.