The government has said it will install around 20 water dispensers in country parks next year.

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said they would be installed in phases by the end of 2019.

The Country and Marine Parks Board advisory committee welcomed the decision, saying that it would encourage hikers to bring their own water bottles and thereby reduce plastic waste generated from bottled water.

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Hong Kong country parks. Photo: GovHK.

The board members suggested that AFCD make the water dispenser location information available to hikers.

Sai Kung beach

The AFCD also said it has deployed staff to patrol the Ham Tin Wan Campsite, in response to a large flock of campers appearing during May’s Labour Day Holiday.

It said it stepped up cleansing services and strengthened advisory efforts on-site with regards to environmental awareness and personal safety.

The arrangement will remain in place during other long public holidays. The AFCD had also collaborated with the Tourism Commission in promoting a code of conduct for green tourism to overseas visitors.

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Tents at Ham Tin Wan, Sai Kung.

The AFCD has also hired consultants to look into enhancing the recreation and education potential of country parks.

The consultants suggested that there should be campsites with equipment rental services and advance booking; eco-lodge and glamping facilities; tree-top adventure, tree climbing, zipline and grass sliding facilities; an open museum for relics; stargazing and orienteering activities, among others.

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.