Re ECF Project: 2014-65

Project Title: Hong Kong arthropod biodiversity and forest health assessment

Applicant: Dr. Timothy C. BONEBRAKE, The University of Hong Kong

Total Approved Grant: $499,500

Duration: 1/4/2015 to 31/3/2017

Project Status/Remarks: On-going

Scope:
The diversity of tropical forest insect species is largely understudied globally (~70% of species remain undescribed) and is especially unknown and uncertain in Hong Kong. This study will implement international protocols in arthropod monitoring in one of Hong Kong's oldest and largest forests, Tai Po Kau, to establish baseline biodiversity information and evaluate forest ecosystem health relative to regional and global forest surveys. The results of this study will be vital as Hong Kong formulates its plan to conserve biodiversity in the face of increasing challenges such as habitat loss, fragmentation, invasive species and climate change.

Summary of the Findings/Outcomes:
To be available upon completion of the project