Conservancy Association

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The Conservancy Association
Non-governmental organisation
Industry Environmentalism
Founded November 1968
Headquarters Hong Kong
Key people
Betty Ho (Chairperson)
Billy Hau (Vice Chairperson)
Rico Wong (Acting Chief Executive)

The Conservancy Association (Chinese: 長春社) is a Hong Kong non-governmental organisation founded in 1968.[1]

The organisation focuses on the protection of the environment and the conservation of natural and cultural heritage. It also seeks to enhance the quality of life of both current and future generations, and to ensure that Hong Kong shoulders her regional and global environmental responsibilities. The organization advocates appropriate policies, monitors government action, promotes environmental education and takes a lead in community participation.[2][3]


Robert N. Rayne founded the Conservancy Association in Hong Kong in 1968, together with Prof. S. Y. Hu of the Chinese University of Hong Kong,[1] Prof. Brian Lofts of the University of Hong Kong, Father H. Naylor of Kowloon Wah Yang College, Mr. John H. Pain and others. He became the chairman of the Conservancy Association in 1973 and participated in the Anti-Night Plane Campaign in Hong Kong in the early 1970s.

At a 1972 workshop, members of the association reached a consensus that Hong Kong's countryside was threatened and would "cease to exist in an acceptable form" unless concrete action was taken to protect it. The association also considered pollution in urban areas an imminent threat to public health. It pressed the government to take action to turn Hong Kong from "one of the dirtiest, and potentially unhealthiest, cities in Asia to one of the cleanest, with clean air, clean water, clean streets, and community-conscious people."[4]

In the early 1970s the association opposed the construction of a petrochemical complex on Lamma Island, proposed by Shell. This proposal was withdrawn in January 1975.[5] Later the same decade, the association opposed the construction of the Lamma Power Station, which was eventually built.[6]

In 2004 the association helped organise a campaign against the plan to tear down Hunghom Peninsula, a brand new housing estate built as Home Ownership Scheme public housing but sold instead to Sun Hung Kai Properties and New World Development following completion.[7] Following a massive backlash and facing a public relations disaster, the developers rescinded the plans and decided to renovate the estate instead.[8]

Major works[edit]

  • Environmental Education Activities[9]
  • Nature Conservation Programmes in China and Hong Kong[2]
  • Wetland Conservation and Tree Conservation
  • Environmental Policy Lobbying
  • Heritage Conservation
  • Eco-tourism Training Programme


  • SOS Magazine, vol 1-7, 1973–1981
  • Green Alert Magazine
  • CA Newsletter, 1987-now

Presidents and chairman[edit]

  • Dr. L. K. Ding, 1976 - 1980
  • Dr. Ng cho-nam, 1999 - 2000
  • Mr. Robert N. Rayne, 1973
  • Dr. L.K. Ding, 1973 - 1975
  • Mr. Jeremiah K. H. Wong, 1976 - 1977
  • Mr. Michael A. Webster, 1977 - 1979
  • Mr. Wan shek-luen, 1979 - 1986
  • Dr. Hung wing-tat, 1986 - 1991
  • Dr. Fung shiu-wing, 1991 - 1995
  • Dr. Ng cho-nam, 1995 -1999
  • Dr. Gordon T. L. Ng, 1999 - 2001
  • Ir. Albert Lai, 2001 - 2005
  • Ms. Betty Ho, 2005 -
  • Ms. Lucy K. P. Woo


  • Environment Expedition Walkathon (1974-1980)
  • Walk for the Environment (1991-2009)


  1. ^ a b Growing with Hong Kong: The University and Its Graduates : the First 90 Years. Hong Kong University Press. 2002. p. 166. ISBN 9622096131. 
  2. ^ a b Cheung Chi Fai (2014-04-18). "Loopholes in protection of two key wildlife sites: Conservancy Association". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "Organization: The Conservancy Association". / Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  4. ^ "'Stop the rot right now,' says HK's Conservancy Association". South China Morning Post. 3 February 1972. p. 7. 
  5. ^ "Refinery door not yet shut on Shell". South China Morning Post. 9 January 1975. p. 1. 
  6. ^ Lee, Vivian (11 June 1978). "Lamma–apathy island". South China Morning Post. p. 6. 
  7. ^ Lai, Chloe (26 April 2004). "Signature drive to save waterfront estate". South China Morning Post. p. 3. 
  8. ^ Connolly, Norma (7 July 2005). "Hunghom Peninsula to be renovated". South China Morning Post. p. 3. 
  9. ^ R.D. Hill; Jennifer M. Bray (1978). Geography and the Environment in Southeast Asia: Proceedings of the Geology Jubilee Symposium, The University of Hong Kong, 21-25 June 1976. Hong Kong University Press. p. 480. ISBN 9622090095. 

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