Enhancing the Recreation and Education Potential of Country Parks and Special Areas in Hong Kong
郊野公園及特別地區自1977年成立至今，覆蓋約44 300公頃的郊野環境。它們不僅為不同種類的動植物提供棲息地，同時也為廣大市民提供進行郊野康樂及戶外教育活動的好去處。這些優美的自然風光更是深受市民和遊客喜愛的綠色旅遊地點；每年均錄得約1 300萬人次遊覽香港 24個郊野公園和22個特別地區。過去五年，郊野公園整體增加了約50 公頃；政府亦正籌劃將約500公頃的紅花嶺指定為第25個郊野公園。
Ever since the establishment of country parks and special areas in 1977, about 44 300 hectares of countryside has been conserved. Not only do these areas provide habitats for diverse animals and plants, but they also serve as venues for countryside recreation and outdoor educational activities for the public. These beautiful natural sceneries are green attractions of Hong Kong much appreciated by both locals and overseas visitors. Every year, some 13 million people visit Hong Kong’s 24 country parks and 22 special areas. Over the past five years, the area of country park has increased by about 50 hectares. The Government is also making preparation to designate about 500 hectares at Robin’s Nest as the twenty-fifth country park.
Making reference to experience in other places and opinions gathered, we recommended a series of proposals to enhance the recreation and education potential of Hong Kong country parks and special areas, while maintaining their conservation functions. These enhancement proposals, if adopted, will only be implemented in a very small percentage of country park area, but will provide more diversified and better facilities and services to the public. Meanwhile, the Government will continue to deploy resources to conserve the natural environment of country parks and provide basic facilities, such as hiking trails, way findings, toilets, etc., for the public.
We carried out public consultation on the proposals from 16 February to 15 May 2019 to gather views from public for our reference to formulate the proposals to enhance the recreation and education potential of Hong Kong country parks and special areas. The consultation period is completed and thank you for your concern on our enhancement proposals.