2014 Annual Report
HomelandGreen adopted ‘Be just to the earth; for the good of all beings’《善待土地・惠澤眾生》 as the organisation’s motto. Further to tree planting trips and field studies on land rehabilitation, increasing efforts have been made in promoting the importance of soil improvement based on the contemporary understanding of soil food web in land rehabilitation. In order to attract and channel more resources to achieve the objectives of the organisation, HomelandGreen will seek to attain the charitable status with the Inland Revenue Department.
1. Educational and voluntary services
- On 10-14 April 2014, friends and members of HomelandGreen helped organise a voluntary tree planting trip to Duolun, Inner Mongolia, with NPO-GreenLife for a group of secondary school teachers and students from Hong Kong and HomelandGreen was invited as a collaborative partner at the launching ceremony of the 2014 tree planting season. HomelandGreen members offered complementary lectures to the participants on the problems of desertification of China, efforts of the Chinese State Forestry Administration to combat desertification and the ecological and historical significance of Duolun.
- On 15 May 2014, HomelandGreen was invited by Breakthrough Youth Services to share with their staff the mission of HomelandGreen, the observation from the various study trips and the collaborative project with NPO-GreenLife to combat desertification through voluntary tree planting.
- On 16-19 July 2014, HomelandGreen helped organise a voluntary tree planting trip to Duolun, Inner Mongolia, with NPO-GreenLife for another group of Hong Kong secondary school teachers and students and made arrangement for the participants to meet with university students from various provinces of the Mainland and exchange views and information about their knowledge and understanding about the problem of desertification in China.
- HomelandGreen made procurement for the public showing of two documentaries ‘The Future of Food’ and ‘Symphony of the Soil’ in response to the General Assembly of the United Nations’ declaring 2015 as the International Year of Soil to raise public awareness of world-wide land degradation problem.
- HomelandGreen produced a series of twelve articles entitled ‘Soil and Life’ to raise public awareness of the importance of beneficial microorganism in soil productivity.
- The HomelandGreen website was launched in October 2014 to raise public awareness of the seriousness of world-wide land degradation problem and the importance of revegetation and practice of restorative farming.
2. Our own study and visits
- HomelandGreen made a trip to Wuhai and Dengkou of Inner Mongolia on 14-16 April 2014 to study the re-vegetation project in the Ulan Buh Desert, Inner Mongolia. The focus of study was the improvement of livelihood of local farmers through new phases of development of sand enterprises, with organic wine industry practising agroforestry as the core along with the application of the principle of sustainable development in the overall city development plan.
- On 18-21 April 2014, HomelandGreen made a geographical study trip to the west part of the Guangdong province to understand the situation of water erosion in the Southeastern part of the Mainland China and the rehabilitation of sloping farm land through re-vegetation.
- On 18-19 July 2014, HomelandGreen visited the Duolun Forestry Bureau and was introduced to the various measures to combat desertification in Duolun since 1999. With the help of the Bureau, HomelandGreen managed to meet the project leaders and farmers at their sites and learnt the benefits, including livelihood improvements, as a result of ecological restoration brought about by the re-vegetation efforts.
- On 20-25 July 2014, HomelandGreen paid a fourth visit to Wuhai and Dengkou of Inner Mongolia to further study the different milestones in the rehabilitation process of the Ulan Buh Desert. Visits were paid to sand enterprises of various sizes, with special emphasis on the development of the organic wine industry, eco-tourism, land use policies for the newly restored land, improvement in the livelihood of local people as a result of the various rehabilitation measures, future prospects and the introduction of external funding and resources.
3. Soil improvement project
- Beginning 14 September 2014, HomelandGreen entered into collaborative partnership with 築福農場, a charitable farm in Fanling to begin experimenting with soil improvement through ecological means. Attempts at growing moringa and jute leaves with collected dry leaves met with success at the initial stage and improvement in soil productivity in the experimental paddocks has since been closely monitored. Dissemination of knowledge and principles underlying restorative farming to voluntary workers of the farm has become a continuous and routine practice.