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Expert Group on Conservation for Sha Lo Tung convenes first meeting

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Expert Group on Conservation for Sha Lo Tung convenes first meeting
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Expert Group on Conservation for Sha Lo Tung convenes first meeting

2024-06-14 18:15 Last Updated At:18:28

Expert group on conservation for sha lo tung focuses on priority tasks to enhance biodiversity: first meeting convened today

The Expert Group on Conservation for Sha Lo Tung convened the first meeting today (June 14). The Expert Group focused the discussion on the priority tasks to conserve the ecology and biodiversity of Sha Lo Tung.

At the meeting, officers from the Countryside Conservation Office of the Environment and Ecology Bureau and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department briefed the Expert Group on the implementation status of the past and current conservation work at Sha Lo Tung. The Expert Group focused the discussion on the priority tasks that need to be implemented to maintain and enhance the rich ecology of Sha Lo Tung, including restoring key wetland habitats through studies to improve the hydrological regime and conducting more comprehensive environmental and ecological baseline surveys. The Expert Group is of the opinion that these measures will be beneficial for enhancing the biodiversity of Sha Lo Tung.

The Convener of the Expert Group, Professor Lam Kin-che, said, "Sha Lo Tung has very high ecological value, ranking second among the 12 Priority Sites for Enhanced Conservation under the New Nature Conservation Policy. The Expert Group considered that proactive conservation measures are necessary to maintain the freshwater wetland habitats of Sha Lo Tung. The Expert Group will render full support to the Government in formulating and implementing the long-term strategies for conserving Sha Lo Tung."

The Expert Group was established on March 1, 2024, to assist the Government in mapping out the long-term strategies for the conservation of ecology and biodiversity in Sha Lo Tung, advise the Government on measures to promote scientific research and eco-recreation in Sha Lo Tung, steer the implementation of conservation studies and projects carried out in Sha Lo Tung, etc. Members of the Expert Group include experts and scholars from fields of nature conservation or related sectors involved in promoting conservation work, as well as representatives of the relevant government bureau and department. The membership of the Expert Group is set out in the Annex.

Expert Group on Conservation for Sha Lo Tung convenes first meeting  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

Expert Group on Conservation for Sha Lo Tung convenes first meeting Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

Labour Department launches Re-employment Allowance Pilot Scheme

​The Labour Department (LD) announced today (July 15) the launch of the Re-employment Allowance Pilot Scheme (REA Scheme), which is open for registration from today, to encourage elderly and middle-aged people to join the labour force.

The Chief Executive, in his Policy Address last year, announced the introduction of a three-year REA Scheme to increase the incentive to elderly and middle-aged people to rejoin the workforce. Any Hong Kong residents aged 40 or above who are legally employable in Hong Kong and have not been in paid employment for three consecutive months or more are eligible to join the REA Scheme. Participants who have worked full-time for six consecutive months will be provided with an allowance of $10,000, while those who have worked full-time for 12 consecutive months will be given an additional allowance of $10,000. The amount of allowance for participants completing part-time employment will be halved. Each participant can receive a maximum re-employment allowance of $20,000 during the implementation period of the REA Scheme.

Employers of participants of the REA Scheme can at the same time enrol in the Employment Programme for the Elderly and Middle-aged (EPEM), and will be provided with on-the-job training (OJT) allowance. To encourage employers to take on participants of the REA Scheme, LD will extend the duration of OJT allowance under EPEM for eligible employers to six to 12 months.

A spokesperson for the LD said, "The REA Scheme encourages elderly and middle-aged people to return to the employment market, and helps unleash this potential labour force, which is beneficial to both employees and employers."

Persons interested in joining the REA Scheme can visit the dedicated webpage (www.jobs.gov.hk/rea), call the hotline manned by the service organisations commissioned by the Government at 21160131 or 23977277 or call LD at 29514634 for details and registration procedures of the Scheme.

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