We would like to invite you to our engaging Citizen Science Programme - FreshWater Watch. In this programme, we will visit Tung Chung River, the “ecologically important river” for field observation, and collect real time fresh water data to analyze and study the freshwater issues. DIYBIO Hong Kong that is working on citizen science project “HK DNA Barcoding project” is invited to present their project.
Freshwater Watch at Tung Chung River
Date: 12 Nov 2016 (Saturday)
Target participants: Interested Family (Children aged 12 or above) & Students (Secondary 3 or above) & Public
*Note1: For those below 18-year-old, parental accompaniment is required
*Note2: All participants are required to sign up a liability agreement. We will send you a soft copy for reference before the event and provide you with the hard copy on the day of event.
Venue: The Hong Kong Buddhist Association Chan Ma Mee York Memorial Camp & Tung Chung River
Rendezvous: Gather at Tung Chung MTR station Exit D
Fee: Free (A confirmation email will be sent upon successful registration by 8 Nov)
Online Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/nss9Q7otocA4hNH62
*Please RSVP by 8 Nov 2016
• Find out about critical global and local water issues and how you can take personal action;
• Work alongside the Earthwatch research team conducting research in a local river, stream or pond;
• Input your research results to help build a global picture of information about water quality and quantity;
• Learn how to carry out freshwater research tasks yourself in the future and start demonstrating to others;
• Receive instructions and materials to help you to carry out further research
Tung Chung River is known as thelast large scale river in Hong Kong with its natural landscape retained. It supports rich biodiversity including freshwater fish “Acrossocheilusbeijiangensis” and dragonfly “Common Blue Jewel”. To coordinate with new town development and flood management, part of the Tung Chung River was doomed to be channelized. Riverbed and riverbanks became concretes which altered the water velocity and water temperature in the conditions that were not suitable for original animals, plants and micro-organisms.Water quality also worsened due to the declining river’s capacity in self-purification. In 2014 Tung Chung New Town Extension Plan, reclamation in Tung Chung West was suspended after gathering opinions from citizens and environmental bodies. Now, Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) is investigating ways to recover the natural outlook of the channelized section of Tung Chung River and build a riverside park for educational purpose. Throughout this event, you will visit Tung Chung River in person to inspect the environment and learn how to strike a balance between economic development and ecological development.
FreshWater Watch, one of the programmes at Earthwatch, is a global research involving citizens to be one of our scientists. We encourage citizens collecting real time water data in streams, rivers, ponds to study the healthy status of the global freshwater body and support our scientific research. There have already been 7500 participants actively participating in our programme and 15000 sets of freshwater data since the commencement of our 5 year freshwater plan in 2012. In Hong Kong, more than 300 citizen scientists received our training to be qualified in collecting data in 15 different streams and rivers to study the fresh water body quarterly. We have gathered around 600 sets of data to be analyzed by Earthwatch’s scientists and experts at Open University. The result findings will be continuously presented in a thesis as a reference for governments and other policy makers to enhance the fresh water stewardship.
To know more about the fresh water data collection around the globe, please visit our data map(https://freshwaterwatch.thewaterhub.org/content/data-map).
To know more details about freshwater watch programme and the latest news, please visit our website(http://www.earthwatch.org.hk/) or Facebook(https://www.facebook.com/EarthwatchHK/)!
For any inquiry, please feel free to contact us on 2838 1114 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.