Lantau Biodiversity Mapping

With the support of Morgan Stanley, The Nature Conservancy is embarking on a new project to take stock of what we have today for more sustainable development on one of Hong Kong’s most iconic islands, Lantau. We will be working with local partners to incorporate existing efforts. By bringing TNC’s significant remote sensing and mapping expertise, an internationally acknowledged methodology, we will create a dataset that can inform and update existing work. The result will be an accurate picture of Lantau’s remaining critical habitats to support conservation.

Why Hong Kong?

Hong Kong is well placed to pilot innovative conservation programs that demonstrate the power and effectiveness of combining good science, facilitating and expanding partners’ efforts, and tailored community engagement in an urban context.

Lantau Island

  • Most biologically diverse out of Hong Kong’s 263 islands and contains habitats such as grasslands, high elevation forests and freshwater streams.
  • Increasing pressure by developers to build on Lantau.
  • A high quality habitat map is currently unavailable for Lantau and is urgently needed to study and protect these critical habitats.

Eco-Regional Mapping and Benefits to Lantau:

  • Accurate habitat and land use mapping is the basis of TNC’s Development by Design approach which has been adopted in other countries such as Indonesia and Mongolia.
  • Development by Design ensures development and conservation are balanced.
  • Identify locations and extent of unique habitats in Hong Kong so they receive conservation attention.
  • Provide scientific data for informed decisions in future developments and facilitate future scientific research and discussion in the field of ecology and conservation.
  • Help raise awareness about the variety of habitats and rich biodiversity found on Lantau and in Hong Kong.