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Dr Andy Cornish was raised in Hong Kong, and gained a strong interest in wildlife through spending time in Pokfulam Country Park. He studied Zoology at Nottingham University in England, travelled extensively through Central America where he learnt to scuba dive, and later did his PhD on reef fishes at the University of Hong Kong. Since then, he worked for a year doing coral reef management for the government of American Samoa, and taught in the Dept. of Ecology and Biodiversity at the University of Hong Kong. He worked at WWF from 2005 to late 2012 as Conservation Director, and was responsible for four programmes: Climate, Footprint, Local Biodiversity and Regional Wetlands (including management of the Mai Po Nature Reserve). He remains involved in environmental issues on an independent basis.

All I want for Christmas is ..

A policy address brimming with green treats
December 26, 2012

Last week local media reported that during CY Leung's first visit as CE to Beijing, that outgoing Premier Wen Jiabao encouraged him to tackle social issues, saying “The SAR government has to particularly pay heed to, and properly solve, livelihood problems such as employment, prices, housing, poverty, the environment and the ageing population, which are matters of practical interest to our Hong Kong compatriots.” 
 
China's leadership has far stronger policy initiatives that our SAR, but the environment is also a key area for CY Leung. I have high hopes that this year's policy address on the 16 January will see the announcement of new initiatives, and strengthening of existing measures, being delayed as it has been from October. Carrie Lam and KS Wong have met with senior representatives from eNGOs and many others in the past months, and received a wealth of suggestions, such as for a strong implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which Hong Kong joined last year.
 
Another issue that is overdue is for the Environment Bureau to finally take the changes necessary to ban commercial fishing in our marine parks to Legco approval, after Donald Tsang made the pledge way back in 2008. New measures on air quality, climate change, the country park enclaves and shark fin will also be eagerly awaited.   
 
Last but not least, its not too late to sign the petition encouraging the establishment of the SW Lantau Marine Park, Soko Islands Marine Park, South Lamma Country and Marine Park and Po Toi Country Park.
http://www.change.org/petitions/we-want-marine-parks-in-the-2013-hong-ko...
 
Happy Holidays, and all the best for 2013,
 
Andy

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