Climate change is already beginning to transform our planet and will likely change our way of life in Hong Kong.
According to a study by CSR Asia and Hong Kong University:
- The average sea level in Victoria Harbor has risen by 0.12 meters in the past 50 years, and the Hong Kong Observatory predicts that the city’s average sea levels could rise 0.48 meters by 2100.
- Hong Kong is projected to receive more rainfall as the climate warms but will also experience times of water shortages.
- Hong Kong will see increased extreme weather events, including heat waves, tidal surges, typhoons, and heavy rains. Storm surges of up to 3 meters could pose a major threat to the people and infrastructure of the city.
But The Nature Conservancy hasn’t given up hope—in fact, with partners like you, we’re working harder than ever before to reduce the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere through carbon projects in places like Yunnan Province and the Amazon. But we also put a lot of energy and resources into projects that will enable people and nature in Hong Kong and elsewhere to survive the worst effects of climate change.
In Tengchong County, Yunnan Province, a Conservancy project with the local community is restoring and protecting forests to sequester 150,000 tons of carbon dioxide while paying one million yuan to 277 Tengchong households every year for keeping those forests alive. This carbon reforestation project, which began in 2005, is the world’s first to meet the Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) Gold Standard.
The project has already led to similar efforts throughout Yunnan and in Sichuan Province. We’re working to restore 14,000 hectares of some of the world’s great remaining temperate forests, and we have six additional carbon forest projects around the world.
Planning for Climate Change, and Helping People and Nature Adapt
China is currently the world’s foremost producer of greenhouse gases, which means there’s tremendous potential for curbing both the causes and effects of climate change. Our comprehensive Conservation Blueprint project identified 32 regions in China that both we and the Chinese government believe are most vital to the country’s environmental future, and we’re analyzing how adaptation strategies can help those regions thrive in the midst of climate change’s impacts.
Now adopted by the Chinese government, the National Biodiversity Conservation Strategy and Action Plan demonstrates the Chinese government’s efforts to build a greener China and highlights the positive impact that the Conservancy and its Blueprint are having on China’s environmental future.
Join us in helping the world adapt to climate change by restoring natural infrastructure, like reefs and mangroves that help protect coastal communities from storm surges.
The Conservancy is also working with governments and local communities in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and the Solomon Islands on the Coral Triangle Initiative—an alliance to establish networks of marine protected areas across a 6-million-square-kilometer stretch of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Conservancy scientists are identifying and protecting the reefs that are most resilient to climate change so that they can flourish and help damaged reefs recover.
The Conservancy is also starting innovative work that could shape China’s carbon policy for years to come. In Sichuan Province, we’re launching a carbon-accounting project that could help China establish a comprehensive national-level carbon-accounting system and participate in international commitments to address climate change.
Our efforts with local communities in China have also led to the installation of 10,000 alternative energy units, reducing emissions and the cutting and burning of firewood.