A hands-on way to experience Hong Kong’s ecosystem

“This swim event is a really empowering, fun, community thing that we have been doing, so this is a way to continue that,” Mr. Pongshida said. “The big purpose is to highlight how critical…

A hands-on way to experience Hong Kong’s ecosystem

“This swim event is a really empowering, fun, community thing that we have been doing, so this is a way to continue that,” Mr. Pongshida said. “The big purpose is to highlight how critical environmental changes are, and also we want to encourage [visitors to] have a positive experience here and embrace Hong Kong.”

While Hong Kong has become renowned for its cleanliness and cleanliness, the waters around Victoria Harbor have struggled to meet the standards set in the World Health Organization’s International Water Regulations (IWR), according to Chris Tubbs, the chief executive of the Bay Conservation and Development Council.

Under the IWR, Hong Kong is responsible for ensuring its waters meet the standards set out by the International Maritime Organization and “It’s actually really encouraging Hong Kong has already moved the step further, that they’re at the table for these kind of discussions and are taking the responsibility to make it the world’s best-performing open-ocean port,” Mr. Tubbs said. “We’re happy to see that moving in the right direction and we hope it stays there,” he added.

Participants in this year’s race include teachers, local and foreign business people, military personnel, family members and friends.

The annual event was originally called the POCOMA Paddle, an acronym that incorporated the name of the environmental group of the same name, but has since moved to reflect the event’s name change to RiverStroke Hong Kong.

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