Help scientists conduct research to develop ecosystem management strategies and maximize the potential of subtropical forests and wetlands for climate change mitigation.
The Mai Po Marshes Nature Reserve is one of the 49 Ramsar sites, or wetlands of international importance, in China. Situated in the northwestern part of the territory at the mouth of the Pearl River Estuary, this coastal wetland contains the largest mangrove stands in Hong Kong and one of the largest reed beds in Guangdong Province.
It is a paradise for migratory waterbirds and contains a mosaic of habitat types such as freshwater marshes and tidal shrimp ponds that are managed differently for biodiversity conservation. The Tai Po Kau Nature Reserve, another main research site of this project, has a total area of 460 hectares and is one of the best-developed and most diverse woodlands in the territory. This reserve is a product of intensive reforestation effort dating back to the early 20th century. Currently, it supports a rich diversity of birds, mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, and rare plant species, and is thus a valuable resource for biodiversity conservation in Hong Kong.
Project volunteer tasks will include measuring soil GHG flux, temperature, moisture, and emission rates; removing standing litter; Identify mangrove tree species and measure the diameter at breast height, conducting sampling of earthworms in soils and collecting soil samples on mudflats, wetlands, and subtropical forests. Your contribution will be essential in answering our scientific questions and reaching our research goals. Field conditions in the subtropical forest and wetlands especially in the summer are quite challenging, but we are counting on you!