They are protecting our eco-systems, particularly the coastal mangroves.
Since 1986 Professor Nora Tan, who studied environmental science, has been following the effects of human activities and pollution on mangroves and promoting how mangroves are self-cleaning and can treat wastewater.
Hong Kong people need to save their coastal wetland, which is a vital component in improving our water quality.
Professor Tan recognised the need to promote wetland awareness through her work with Friends of the Earth and WWF Mai Po.
Locally in Hong Kong – 300+ schools have been given the Mangrove book, field guide and CD. Locals are learning that mangroves are essential and need conserving. She sees a better appreciation of mangrove ecosystems and their significance as part of the wastewater treatment solutions.
Nationally in China – Shenzhen students and locals can go to the Futian and CityU Mangrove Research and Development Centre, which Professor Tan helped establish in 2003. There are also other mangrove projects in Shenzhen, Zhan Jian (Guangdong), Xiamen (Fujian).
Internationally – Based on our research Australian prawn farmers are using mangroves to treat their effluent and recycle water. Additionally through over 140 published articles and 28 book chapters and eight books the international community can pick up on the research.
Professor Tan has organised student trips, talks to groups, and established new research cooperative projects with other universities in the region.