The Chief Executive of the HKSARG
Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation
Commissioner of Police
Director of Lands
Members of the Legislative Council
We are a group of people who are concerned about the fact that the local wild incense trees are under threat of extinction due to gross illegal logging. Therefore, we invite you to take a serious look at this crisis.
We hope that you will make a decisive and substantial move while a slim chance of the trees’ survival is still possible to save this species of trees to which Hong Kong owes her name so that our future generations may also be able to enjoy the sight of this kind of wild plant already being endangered in South East Asia and China.
- A timely and comprehensive territory-wide general survey on the rural distribution of incense trees to be conducted by AFCD. in order to provide a current, reliable figure for a review of their existence and the establishment of a more effective policy and legislation for the protection of their ecology.
- The police should understand that illegal logging of incense trees is not an individual offence but an operation by a large syndicate engaged in organized and systematic illegal logging. A special task force, like the rural patrol team in the past, should be set up to conduct visits to those hot spots of illegal logging, and co-operation and communication with concern groups and rural residents should be fostered to enhance the prevention of such crime.
- The most effective means of legislating for banning the sale of incense trees to be adopted. In view of the present demand-supply imbalance of incense tree products, wild incense trees have become a rare commodity with investment value similar to ivory and Belian. Without legislation, the great demand for wild incense trees cannot be driven down. Our legislators should request the Government to introduce legislation for the long-term protection of this local tree species under recurrent threat of extinction.