||The Marine Ecology Enhancement Fund is now open for application. For details, please refer to Application Documents.
Deadline of application for Year 2021/22 is 31 January 2021.
||Results of the applications of projects funded by the Marine Ecology Enhancement Fund for Year 2020/21 are released. For details, please refer to Funded Projects.
Background of the Marine Ecology Enhancement Fund
As part of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Study, Airport Authority (AA) has committed to formulate and implement a Marine Ecology and Fisheries Enhancement Strategy (MEFES). The MEFES has been set up for the purpose of enhancing the marine environment for the benefit of marine ecology (including Chinese White Dolphins (CWDs)) and fisheries resources in the vicinity of the project area, in Hong Kong western waters and further afield into the Pearl River Estuary (PRE). The MEFES also functions to provide support and assistance to affected fishers, and to encourage more sustainable fishing operations.
In accordance with the Environmental Permit (EP) conditions 2.8 and 2.13, AA has established the independent Marine Ecology Enhancement Fund (MEEF) and Fisheries Enhancement Fund (FEF), respectively, to fund initiatives proposed by third‐parties (eg Non‐governmental organisations (NGOs), researchers and the fishery sector) that support the objectives of the MEFES. A Marine Ecology Conservation Plan (MECP) was developed and approved by the Director of Environmental Protection on 18 March 2016, which describes the proposed mechanisms for implementing the MEEF, as well as the goals and themes under which funding applications can be made.
The MEEF is managed by a MEEF Management Committee, comprising members from relevant academic(s), green group representative(s), dolphin expert(s), relevant stakeholder(s) and AA member(s), to manage the implementation of the MECP. The MEEF Management Committee will review, recommend and approve applications that meet the fund objectives as well as monitor project outcomes. In addition, a Steering Committee is also established for both MEEF and FEF, to provide overall directional guidance / policies for the fund operation to ensure that sufficient resources remain available for the Funds to meet the objectives in a long-term and sustainable manner. The Steering Committee will not override a decision of the MEEF Management Committee and will not undermine the role of the MEEF Management Committee.