Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) is situated on the northern slopes of Hong Kong's highest mountain - Tai Mo Shan (957 metres). Within KFBG are streams, woodlands, orchards and vegetable terraces - together with conservation and education facilities.
KFBG, today, is a unique public-private partnership, incorporated and designated as a conservation and education centre by Ordinance (Chapter 1156) in the Legislative Council of Hong Kong on 20th January, 1995. While KFBG is a public organisation, it is privately funded by the Kadoorie Foundation.
Since 1995, KFBG has focused on promoting conservation and sustainable living in Hong Kong and South China, with programmes on flora and fauna conservation and the promotion of organic agricultural practices.
KFBG's mission statement is "We exist to increase the awareness of our relationship with the environment and bring about positive change in the world through conservation and education".
About the China Programme
In 1998, KFBG started the South China Biodiversity Conservation Programme, focusing on the remaining natural forests of Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan. Our work included rapid biodiversity surveys of more than 60 forest areas in the region. These have given us a greater understanding of where many species live, how they are surviving in today's world, and what threatens their existence. Only with such understanding can humans take better care of the landscape on which their future depends.
By 2003, the renamed China Programme had shifted its focus from information-gathering to action. Our aim is to
minimise the loss of biodiversity and encourage sustainability in China. Taking a holistic view of problems, we act to protect natural forests and endangered species. We also educate farmers about ecological principles and methods, and encourage people to use wisely the bounty of nature: the essence of sustainability.
About Living Forests
Living Forests is a magazine in English and Chinese about biodiversity conservation in South China. With news and articles, it encourages the exchange of ideas, experiences, impressions and information among nature conservationists, particularly those concerned with the region's remarkable forest heritage.
Chief Editor (Chinese) : Michael Lau
Chief Editor (English) : John Fellowes
Advisors : Bosco Chan, Richard Corlett, Billy Hau
Editorial Team : Wylie Chu, Ela Lam, Philip Lo
Translator : Ann Houng, Ela Lam
Photographers : Lee Kwok Shing, Lu Gang
URL : www.kfbg.org
Articles in Living Forests represent the personal views of the authors, and these are not necessarily shared by the editors or by KFBG.