Himalayan Adventure Trust of Japan

Cross-Cultural Mountain Conservation Youth Project - Hong Kong 2003

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The Youth Cross-Cultural Mountain Conservation 2003 was a project organized by the Himalayan Adventure Trust of Japan (HAT-J) and hosted in Hong Kong by Prairie Ramblers' Club and Hong Kong Hiking Association, China.
HAT-J is an organization with a cherished and principal aim to promote mountain conservation. Its chairperson, Mrs. Junko Tabei, is the first woman ever set foot on top of Mt Everest.
The function of the project is to provide opportunities for Asian youths to go into the mountains so that they can appreciate the beauty of nature and experience the importance of nature conservation and at the same time carry out cross-cultural sharing.
The first Youth Cross-Cultural Mountain Conservation project was held in 1992. Since then the project has been held every year in different place within Asia. This time it was held in Hong Kong from 26 to 30 December 2003. There were 50 high school and university students and leaders taking part in the event. The project will be held in Kazakhstan in 2004.

  Prairie Ramblers' Club

  Hong Kong Hiking Association, China

1992 Mt Fuji, Japan
1993 Seoreagsan, Korea
1994 Hokkaido, Japan
1995 Changbaishan, China
1996 Annapurna, Nepal

1997 Oze, Japan
1999 Ayub National Park, Pakistan
2000 Mt Hehuan, Taiwan
2001 Matsumoto, Japan
2003 Sai Kung, Hong Kong

Participating countries and regions
Bhutan, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Nepal, Pakistan

Day 1 - Welcome
Day 2 - International Youth Forum
Day 3 - Hiking in Sai Kung West Country Park
Day 4 - Mai Po Marsh Nature Reserve
Day 5 - Farewell

  Words from our friends

 ...sat around fires not as delegates from their respective countries, but as friends. - Wali  ...
 This trip did bring me lots of experience... - Winki I spent very good time in Hong Kong. I am happy. I saw you and me did many activity. Now we became good friends. I don't forget you, and I want to come someday. Thank you very much! - Makiko
it is worth participating this program.... - Grace This is the most memorable trip ever.... - Becky
In HK, the girls are beautiful, the boys are handsome!! - Vivian I will always remember this wonderful trip.... - Ka Yan
  More to come....    

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Hong Kong Declaration
In face of the 21st century challenges, we, members of the HAT-J Youth Project, promise that we will unite our efforts in mountain conservation and its sustainable development. We promise we will respect our natural environment, preserve its natural landscape, protect our wildlife and its habitats.

The host organizers are grateful to all those who have rendered their support, assistance and advice to the staging of the Project in Hong Kong.

We would like to record our gratitude to

Mrs Junko TABEI Chairperson of HAT-J
Dr WONG Fook-yee Assistant Director of AFCD
Prof Yuk-Shan WONG Vice-President of City U of HK
Hon CHEUNG Man Kwong Member of Legislative Council &
President of Professional Teachers' Union
Mr Edmond LAM Senior Wetland Officer
Mr Orlando LEUNG President of HK Hiking Association
Mr Matthew LEE
Ms Doris AU
Mr Kazutaka KANEKO

We would also like to thank Mr LEE Ying Ming of AFCD, Mr Lawrence CHAN of PTU, Mr LEE Bing Lung and Ms WONG Sau Wan of HKHA, Mr Martin CHOI, Mr Johnnie LAU and Mr Justin LAU for their kind assistance.

Our particular thanks go to all participating organizations, leaders and participants. The event was enhanced by their cooperation and understanding.