A small lily pond under threat, plus frustration about waste, recycling and public facilities prompted local residents to join together to find solutions.
Every community in Hong Kong has residents who care deeply about the place in which they live and Lamma Island is no exception. It is a vibrant place, with an eclectic mix of people who appreciate nature, village life and the friendly community. The island is unusual in that there are no cars; no high rises that are typical of Hong Kong. The small village houses and stunning natural scenery make Lamma island a truly wonderful place to live.
Living Lamma was founded by enthusiastic residents who wanted to contribute to improving the environment of the island for all. In order to participate in government consultations we were advised to form an official society to represent the views of more residents.
At that time, throughout the New Territories residents were concerned about illegal dumping in scenic areas and farmland, and Lamma was no exception. The destruction of a small lily pond in a green valley in north Lamma was the impetus for forming an official organisation.
With help and advice from the Living Islands Movement on neighbouring Lantau Island, Living Lamma was established in 2009.
Once formed, Living Lamma fully engaged in the process of consultation: attending meetings, hosting site visits, writing papers and presenting evidence to LegCo in response to requests from the government to provide views from the community about issues including: recycling, littering, waste management, design of public spaces and bicycle parking.
At the same time, over the last decade Living Lamma volunteers have rolled up our sleeves and helped clean up our home. We organise beach and neighbourhood clean ups, we supported a glass recycling trial programme and more. These initiatives have had a more tangible impact upon our community and taught us about the environmental challenges we share with everyone on the planet.
Through picking up rubbish and trying to think of ways to manage waste more effectively, we have realised that we can have more impact on both our local neighbourhood and the planet through practical action and addressing the changes we need to make to our own consumption, in particular the global challenge of excessive plastic
This page provides a chronology of the work that was documented relating to the environment and development on Lamma Island. Our small community includes engineers, architects, town planners, landscape architects, scientists, archaeologists and consultants as well as writers, artists and artisans who were able to turn ideas into creative and practical plans and strategies for enhancing life on Lamma now and for future generations.
Over time, we found that other Lamma residents had formed similar groups and participated in the consultation process. We have included the excellent work of our predecessors, some of whom remain unknown to us, so that their ideas are available to all.
We want to provide a record of all suggestions and proposals relating to our community for the benefit of future planners and residents, and anyone who appreciates this beautiful island.
CAMPAIGNS & CONSULTATION
March 1995: A Different Future for Yung Shue Wan, An Alternative Planning Approach: A report prepared by residents of Yung Shue Wan in response to the government’s proposals for foreshore reclamation (author: Tobias Forster)
April 1997: Marine Debris Survey Report by (Lamma resident) F. McGilvray & B. J. Shaw for the Hong Kong Marine Conservation Society
2002: A New Vision for Yung Shue Wan: A report by the Save Lamma group, which campaigned for sensitive development of Yung Shue Wan.
29th April: Submission to the Legco Sub-Committee on Combating Fly-tipping
7th May: Speaking notes for the presentation to Legco Sub-Committee on Combating Fly-tipping
18th November: Report on dumping in the Yung Shue Long Valley
28 January: Visit Notes for the Stop the Mess campaign presented to Ms. Lee of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
24 February: Stop the Mess report presented to the Environmental Protection Department, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, the Islands District Office, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
30 March: Submission to the Legco Panel on Environmental Affairs on Combating Fly-tipping (see also Chinese Version)
31 March: Consultation paper on Waste Management, Waste Reduction and Waste Charging submitted to the Environmental Protection Department
20th April: Consultation Paper on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment submitted to the Environmental Protection Department
5 May: Discussion notes and queries on the visit to the Yung Shue Wan Waste Transfer Station
24 May: Discussion Notes of the meeting with Anissa Wong, Director of Environmental Protection
3 June: Response to the Transport Department’s “Review of Ferry Services for Outlying Islands
14 June: Clean up diary – the Pagoda
14 June: Questions of the Sewage System in Yung Shue Wan to the Environmental Protection Department and Drainage Services Department
7 September: Consultation paper on Improving Bike Parking in Yung Shue Wan prepared for the District Office of the Home Affairs Department
14 October: Report on the Progress on Cleaning Up and Improving the “Welcome Wall”
3 November: Letter to Carrie Lam (then) Director for Development
6 November: Clean Up Diary – beaches
10 November 2010: Consultation paper on Sustainable Organic Waste Management at Yung Shue Wan*
27th November: Clean Up Diary
4th December: Clean Up Diary – group clean ups
December: Report on Tree and Vegetation Management on Lamma Island for the Legco panel on Development
11th April: Response to the Civil Engineering and Development Department’s paper: Yung Shue Wan Development, Engineering Works, Phase 2
4 May: Consultation paper on the Planned Redevelopment of Central Ferry Piers prepared for the Civil Engineering and Development Department
20 May: Response to the Environmental Impact Assessment on the “Baroque on Lamma” submitted to the Environmental Protection Department
22 June: Response to the Social Impact Assessment on the “Baroque on Lamma” submitted to ERM Limited
27 June: Further comments on the Environmental Impact Assessment on the “Baroque on Lamma” submitted to the Environmental Protection Department
27 June: Response to the Environmental Impact Assessment on the Future Land Use at the Lamma Ex-Quarry Area at Sok Kwu Wan
3 November: Letter to Carrie Lam, then Director for Development16 December: Notes on the meeting of the Town Planning Board on the “Baroque on Lamma”
15 December: Letter to Edward Yau, Secretary for the Environment on proposals for the incinerator at Shek Kwu Chau and the impacts on Lamma
Presentations prepared in 2011:
What does Asia’s World City do with its waste?
How the provision of utilities on Lamma Island has defaced the rural environment
Lamma Street Furnture
A Chronology of Harbour Reclamation Plans and Actions in Yung Shue Wan
Yung Shue Wan Harbour Today
Do we want CEDD to redesign our harbour? Examples from the Peng Chau redevelopment of 2003
5 January: Discussion paper on projects initiated by the Home Affairs Department presented to Mike Rowse, former Director-General of InvestHK
9 January: Report on the meeting with Mr. Chan, Village Head, Tung O presented to District Office, Home Affairs Department
27 March: Response to the Stage 1 Public Consultation on Enhancing Land Supply submitted to the Civil Engineering and Development Department
9 April: Response to the Consultation on Waste Charging submitted to EPD
15 May: Presentation to Kim Salkeld, Head of the Efficiency Unit, Hong Kong Government
7 June: Notes for the meeting with EPD and District Office on Lamma’s waste problems
3 September: Presentation on Glass Recycling on Lamma for the launch of HK Magazine’s Glass Recycling Digital Petition
17 October: Site Visit Report on Lamma’s Waste Management for FEHD, EPD, HAD and LandsD
November: Response to the Greening Master Plan for the Islands District presented to the Civil Engineering and Development Department
19 December: Feedback to the Environment Bureau on the public engagement meeting on “Transforming Hong Kong’s Waste Management”
January: Presentation – What is Happening to Lamma? A Developmental and Environmental Perspective
6 February: Response to the Public Consultation on the Future Land Use at the Lamma ex-Quarry at Sok Kwu Wan
6 February: Response to the Public Consultation on the Future Land Use at the Lamma ex-Quarry at Sok Kwu Wan (Chinese version)
March: Report on Public Minor Works presented to District Office, Home Affairs
22 April: Response to the Outlying Islands Sewerage report presented to the Legco Panel on Environmental Affairs
22 April: Speaking notes for the presentation on waste to the Legco Panel on Environmental Affairs
6th May: Response to the Public Consultation on a Producer Responsibility Scheme on Glass Beverage Bottles presented to the Environmental Protection Department
7th July: Better Waste Management in Hong Kong: A District Planning Approach presentation to KS Wong, Secretary for the Environment
21 March: Objection letter to the Civil Engineering and Development Department on the terms of their feasibility study on the Lamma ex-quarry
May: Letter to Legco Panel on Environmental Affairs (trees)
19 May: Presentation to the Town Planning Board
11 June: Meeting notes for ERM’s study visit to Yung Shue Wan
2 November: Presentation on the 42 Day Clean Up presented to the Environmental Protection Department
30 March: Response to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department’s Consultation on the New Agricultural Policy