馬屎埔 Ma Shi Po
地點介紹 Site Description
Ma Shi Po, located next to Ng Tung River, is a non-indigenous village. There are currently around 100 families and most make a living by farming.
Ma Shi Po is mainly agricultural fields with numerous freshwater wetland habitats. These habitats are home to frogs and insects, such as the firefly Pyrocoelia analis. However, disturbances from nearby urban development projects has caused the biodiversity in the area to drop.
Mapopo Community Farm was established by villagers and conservationists in 2010. Apart from carrying out conservation work like artificially breeding the firefly, it also puts effort in practising organic and sustainable farming (permaculture), through recycling leftovers to produce fertilizers, for example. The community farm also organises tours which introduce the concepts of sustainable and organic farming, as well as village culture and daily life and river-training projects.
Since 1996, Henderson Land Development has been purchasing lands, forcing villagers to leave. Recently the village is included in the North East New Territories New Development Areas. Although villagers and the general public strongly object to the scheme, the government insist on carrying on with it. The biodiverse farmlands will have to give way to housing development.