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Published on : Tuesday, July 4, 2017
More than HK$7 million in total has been granted from the Marine Ecology Enhancement Fund (MEEF) and Fisheries Enhancement Fund (FEF) to nine projects for a 12-month period starting from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018. The MEEF and FEF are independent funds set up in accordance with the conditions of the Environmental Permit for the expansion of Hong Kong International Airport into a Three-runway System (3RS).
According to the results released today for the first round of applications, some HK$4.23 million has been granted to five projects through the MEEF, and four other projects received about HK$2.93 million from the FEF. Successful applicants include tertiary institutions, research groups and associations from the fisheries industry. Funded projects cover research subjects related to Chinese White Dolphins and corals, as well as biodiversity and enhancements for the fisheries industry in Hong Kong.
The MEEF supports initiatives related to conservation and enhancement of marine habitat and resources, scientific studies, environmental education and eco-tourism, while the FEF supports initiatives related to sustainable management and enhancement of fisheries resources, sustainable fisheries operations, promotion of fisheries-related business opportunities, and measures that may benefit the fisheries operations.
Applications for the two funds are assessed and selected by their respective management committees in an independent and objective manner, based on criteria in relation to objectives, methodology adopted, manpower and resources, and budget of the proposed projects.
The management committees of the funds are chaired by renowned academics in their respective fields. Members include scholar, experts from related sectors, and representatives of green groups as well as fishermen’s associations. The AA has injected a total of HK$400 million into the MEEF and FEF.
Source:- Hong Kong International Airport