We work for systemic change across our portfolio of programmes: for cleaner and more secure water, better air quality, a halt to the wildlife trade, to protect our Asian forests – understanding the need to balance development and conservation. We want us all to consider how we consume so the resources of our one planet will be sufficient for future generations.
Our TLFF I transaction won the Climate Bonds Initiative’s 2019 Green Bond Pioneer Award, recognising international leadership in green finance.
On January 22nd, ADMCF brought together members of the legal community, government, NGOs, as well as financial crime and wildlife investigators to share views on how to combat the trade in illegal wildlife products through Hong Kong.
Trading in Extinction: The Dark Side of Hong Kong’s Wildlife Trade illustrates, for the first time, the extent and nature of the wildlife trade and wildlife crime in Hong Kong. Not only is the trade in legal and illegal wildlife at a significant and unsustainable scale, it is likely to get worse.
The Drink Without Waste positioning paper was launched on December 6th 2018 outlining strategies and actions to address the increasing mountain of waste from sealed single use beverage containers in Hong Kong. The Group also pledges to work towards 70%-90% recovery rates for PET containers and liquid cartons in Hong Kong and with all parties – government, producers, retailers, recyclers and consumers – working closely together, this increase could be achieved by 2025.
CRT has engaged Foodie on a new campaign publishing 8 articles, organising 3 events and producing 3 videos on sustainable seafood (why, what, how to find) to educate the public and encourage the industry to keep promoting these products.
As a result of HKSF, WildAid and other wildlife NGO’s campaign work, Hong Kong’s largest restaurant group Maxim’s announced that it would stop serving shark fin at all of its outlets from 01 January 2020.
How Civic Exchange influenced policy making to reduce ship emissions in HK 2006-2015. The “Fair Winds Charter” report documents Civic Exchange and other key stakeholders’ 10-year effort to tackle the problems of ship emissions and air pollution in HK.
Rivers are important to Asia as one in every 2.5 Asians live along Asia’s 10 major rivers. Over USD4 trillion is generated here, but there is little conversation on the threats to Asia’s Water Towers or water and climate risks faced by these rivers. To catalyse such conversations, this report seeks to provide an overview of the challenges that are critical to Asia. Published by CWR.
After seven years CWR has revamped their website which now reflects their three key focus areas of: Waternommics, WaterRiskValuation and BusinessUnusual.
Population growth and rising incomes across Asia will drive a 78% increase in meat and seafood consumption by 2050. The report examines the environmental effects of meeting Asia’s growing demand for protein, discloses for the first time the dramatic impact on water, land-use, anti-microbial use and the climate.
ADMCF met with members of the Legislative Council of HK, with fellow members of the HK Wildlife Trade Working Group BLOOM and WWF HK to discuss how to best combat wildlife crime in HK and provide insights in our ongoing research into this issue.
With China moving to mandatory environmental disclosure it is a good time to take stock on where Chinese companies are on the Environmental aspect (E) in ESG disclosure. Published by CWR and Syntao.
First-ever statewide research in Maharashtra on the implementation of the Child Protection Law shows that in order to better protect victims of sexual offences, departments & institutions need to be rigorously trained and work together in convergence.
The report compares and analyses prevailing laws and regulations in Hong Kong with international best practices and suggests practicable legislative changes that may be adopted and implemented by the HK with the primary objective of preserving shark species and to prevent dwindling numbers.
NGO and ADMCF action have built public, corporate and government understanding about the biodiversity consequences of shark fin consumption, incl. campaigns persuading logistics companies to ban shark fin and educating companies and hotels not to serve this at banquets. HK campaigns have been supported by tighter international regulations and the listing of 12 shark species on Appendix II of CITES.
On January 31st, the Ivory Ban Bill was passed by a landslide win: 49 lawmakers voted to ban the sale of ivory, 4 voted against.
ADMCF, Swire Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of HK and the WWF Coral Triangle Program jointly published the report, Going, Going Gone: The Trade in Live Reef Food Fish, which says popular wild-caught reef fish species could be gone from diners’ tables within our lifetime if we do not act now to stem this burgeoning and often illegal trade.
– Stone Leaf-litter Frog (Leptolalax petrops)
– Pu Hoat Leaf-litter Frog (Leptolalax puhoatensis)
– Maoershan Leaf-litter Tree Frog (Leptolalax maoershanensis, discovered in China)
More than 44 airlines have committed not to carry shark fin including Air China, China Eastern, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Virgin, Lufthansa, Air France and Qantas.
BLOOM Association published the results of a wet market survey that showed 17 species readily available in Hong Kong wet markets are threatened or near threatened.
Vietnam’s revised fisheries law for the first time legislates for ‘co-management’, in an attempt to reduce over-fishing and improve the resilience of Vietnam’s small-scale fisheries.
In November 2017, CAN launched the Jockey Club “We Are Transport” Programme to encourage the public to rethink transport by walking more frequently and over longer distances. The goal is to increase the daily average no. of steps of each Hong Konger from 6,880 to 8,000 steps and ultimately to 10,000 steps as recommended by WHO.
Using DNA analysis, BLOOM Association Hong Kong collaborated with a team of scientists locally and from the U.S. to publish a study that looks into the species composition of shark fins sold in the Hong Kong retail market. The study revealed that a third of shark fin products on retailed in Hong Kong are from threatened species.
In October 2017, the HK Tourism Board lifted its proposed ban on drinking glasses at the Wine and Dine Festival, preventing some 80,000 plastic cups from being used. This followed lobbying by the Marine Plastics Working group, amongst others.
CWR guest authors CSLA’s report, which highlights the risks associated with the highly polluting rare earths and other critical raw materials (CRM) lying at the heart of our phones’ interactive core.
Born from Redress, BYT is an affordable luxury up-cycled fashion brand which uses sustainable and socially responsible supply chains in Asia. The brand was launched at the Redress 2017 EcoChic Design Award competition.
In Sept 2017, more than 100 restaurants, retailers, catering companies, airlines and entertainment venues joined the 2nd Kin Hong Festival, which shows that there is more on offer and the industry is increasingly providing sustainable options.
Sponsored by the C&A Foundation, CWR published this report which analyses the insights of 85 Chinese textile manufacturers on their challenges to going clean and circular, as well as what assistance they want from industry actors.
“PROTECTION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES OF ANIMALS AND PLANTS (AMENDMENT) BILL introduced and Wildlife Trade NGOs rally to provide support tin a public Hearing “
Roadside concentrations of major air pollutants, namely respirable suspended particulates, fine suspended particulates, nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide have all reduced by 20 to 30%, due to targeted government action.
ADMCF helps AHC launch a fundraising initiative in the UK.
In May 2017, ADMCF in collaboration with Teng Hoi organised a symposium targeting the seafood industry to examine and highlight some of the key sustainability issues in HK. A key outcome was the commitment to follow up on industry collaboration, to draft a Voluntary Code of Conduct on Responsible Seafood Sourcing.
This research puts together shark fin trade data to formulate suggestions for the HK government to more efficiently carry out monitoring and management of the trade.
Shark fin has long been a ‘luxury seafood’ in the Chinese market. From the latest available data (1998–2013), 130 countries/territories around the world were recorded as exporting shark fin to Hong Kong. Spain, Taiwan, Indonesia, UAE, Singapore and Japan made up over 50% of all of HK’s shark fin imports. Published by BLOOM.
Published by CWR and Bluetech Research, this is an essential guide for companies looking to provide solutions to water issues in power plants across China. This report scopes the size and nature of the opportunities in the context of current and upcoming regulations.
The report examines the challenges HK faces in managing its water sustainably and responsibly. As regional populations burgeon, industries expand and the climate system is increasingly disrupted, innovative strategies must be formulated to ensure that water continues to flow through Hong Kong residents’ taps. Published by ADMCF and Civic Exchange with funding from WYNG Foundation.
WALK DVRC, formally established as an NGO in January 2017, has a vision for a more walkable and liveable Central Business District that begins with the revitalisation of decaying Des Voeux Road Central. The initiative aims to transform a key stretch of the road – from Pedder Street to Western Market into – into a dynamic public realm that gives pedestrians and trams priority over other vehicular traffic.
Aarambh received the National Award for Child Welfare 2016 in the Institution Category, presented by the Hon. President of India at a function held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Delhi. This is the greatest moment of recognition in the 4 year life of our young initiative.
AHC launches its Global Child Health Programme with a vision to add value to the global knowledge and literature on important child health issues.
CWR announces their partnership with the Alliance for Water Stewardship to jointly promote good water stewardship in China. The AWS Standard is the only global standard used by brands such as Nestle, M&S and Ecolab.
16 of the world’s top shipping lines have banned shipments of shark fin.
Shark fin imports into Hong Kong have shown a significant drop in the past 10 years.
Dr. Rowley is awarded a full and coveted position at Australian Museum.
– Brilliant Leaf-litter Frog (Leptolalax ardens)
– Kalon Leaf-litter Frog (Leptolalax kalonensis)
– Pale Leaf-litter Frog (Leptolalax pallidus)
– Spotted Leaf-litter Frog (Leptolalax maculosus)
– Ta Dung Leaf-litter Frog (Leptolalax tadungensis)
– Cape York Graceful Tree Frog (Leptolalax ardens, discovered in Australia)
HK government announces a three-step process over five years to ban the sale and possession of ivory for commercial purposes. It further proposed to raise penalties for wildlife crime offences.
ADMCF organises a legal seminar with the University of HK Law Faculty with participation of HK’s justice department, judiciary, customs and environment bureau, to raise wildlife crime enforcement concerns.
The Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility launches in October with government of Indonesia backing. Objective: to provide a simple, scalable route to generate long-term, private sector finance for projects with a development agenda yet commercial return.
Aarambh, in partnership with UK-based Internet Watch Foundation, launches India’s first internet hotline to report online child sexual abuse.
Nine devil rays, the three thresher sharks, and the silky shark species are successfully listed onto Appendix II of CITES, providing a means to restrict international trade in these species.
Walk 21 HK – The Walking and Liveable Communities Conference highlights how pedestrianisation promotes economic growth, social inclusion, better health, a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and other benefits to our collective well-being.
Supported by Swire Trust, this short video stars HK movie star Kara Hui Ying-Hung and Jayden, depicting a son’s curiosity leading to a mother’s realisation that we are running out of fish.
Supported by Swire Trust, this short video stars celebrity chef Maria Cordero and singer Jason Chan Pak-Yu, portraying a future based on the report Boom or Bust – the Future of Fisheries in the South China Sea.
ADMCF develops HK’s first consumer-facing website dedicated to sustainable seafood; designed to inform seafood lovers about the overexploitation of our marine resources, future impacts and the choices that we as consumers can make to be more sustainable.
A snapshot study on the role of Hong Kong in the trade and consumption of gill plates, as compared to that of Guangzhou. The results show that Hong Kong is role may previously have been undermined. Published by BLOOM Association.
CWR writes for the G20 magazine distributed at the G20 China Summit at Hangzhou on “Back to Basics: G20 Water-nomics, Trade-offs & Trade”.
CWR publishes seminal report detailing investors’ feedback on three different water risk valuation approaches which were applied to 10 listed energy majors operating in China. 70+ investment professionals/asset owners across various asset types from more than 50 financial institutions/funds provided feedback on the results.
This CWR brief summaries water risks faced by the global fashion industry against a backdrop of a Beautiful China “where the sky is blue, the land is green and the water runs clear”. Also explored are opportunities and the “future of fashion”.
HK government states it will follow China’s lead in mandating that beginning in 2019, ships must use cleaner fuel entering PRD/HK waters. This will comprise one of three new national emissions control areas.
Following pressure from HKSF, WildAid and Sea Shepherd, Cathay Pacific announced all long-awaited ban on all shark fin carriage on its aircrafts in June 2016.
Published by CWR and the Foreign Economic Cooperation Office of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China (MEP FECO), the brief explores the linkages between water use and allocation, as well as pollution control and economic development in the Yangtze River Economic Belt (YREB).
The extraction & processing of rare earths required in many smart & clean technologies are extremely polluting. Published by CWR, this dual-language report investigates if China’s pollution will a bottleneck to the global clean energy transition – the rare earth industry in China & globally, the associated black market and environmental damage are explored.
BLOOM publishes its comparison report “The 2009 and 2014 Surveys on Shark Consumption Habits and Attitudes in Hong Kong”, which show reported consumption has decreased from 72.9% in 2009 to 44.1% over the period. The report is funded by Pew Charitable Trusts.
ADMCF, RS Group and Swire Trust have commissioned UBC to expand its predictive modelling of the South China Sea (presented in the Boom or Bust report (2015)), to the East China Sea. The aim being to determine the status of fisheries if business continues as usual. Conjointly SCRFA is commissioned to gather data and assess biomass fishing, whereby the fish species are indiscriminantly fished, much of which is for fish feed, as opposed to food fish for humans.
This dual-language brief examines the expected impact of China’s power sector on water & climate in 2030. Published by CWR and IGO, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
An often overlooked element in addressing roadside air quality is the training and development of inspection and maintenance (I/M) personnel. Published by Civic Exchange and funded by ADMCF.
Four major shipping lines ban carriage of shark fin.
More than 180 companies signed up to the WWF shark free pledge.
The government has set up franchised bus low emission zones in three busy corridors in Causeway Bay, Central and Mong Kok, in which franchised bus companies are required to deploy low emission buses (i.e. buses meeting Euro IV or higher emission standards) to improve roadside air quality.
– Fire-eyed Leaf-litter Frog (Leptolalax pyrrhops)
– Similar Leaf-litter Frog (Leptolalax isos)
The HK Wildlife Trade Working Group report coordinated by ADMCF, highlights the global importance of HK as wildlife trade hub and ongoing illegal trade of humphead wrasse, shark fin and manta rays and mobulas.
Produced collaboratively by the Hong Kong Wildlife Trade Working Group , the report Wildlife Crime is HK Doing Enough? collates trade data and makes the case that the Hong Kong is a strategic trafficking hub for a range of wildlife species. It raises questions as to the effectiveness of current enforcement in Hong Kong recommending how this could be improved.
ADMCF and RS Group commission University of British Columbia Fisheries Economic Research Unit to determine the impacts on fisheries in the South China Sea and regional seafood supply if business continues as usual without sustainable management.
ADMCF, Swire Trust and RS Group support the launch of the Kin Hong Seafood Festival to promote sustainable seafood in HK.
The report explores the rise of the bottled water industry and its exposure to physical water risks. Published by CWR, sponsored by ADMCF and funded by Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the RS Group.
HSBC commissions CWR for the third collaboration: “No Water, More Trade-Offs – managing China’s growth with limited water”. CWR and HSBC co-host a seminar at World Water Week, featuring HSBC’s Head of Climate Change, the CEO of HSBC India, WRI as well as Dutch pension fund PGGM.
HK becomes the first Asian port to make low-sulphur fuel mandatory at berth.
Commissioned by the HK International Airport (HKIA) Environmental Fund, ADMCF coordinates research into the Live Reef Food Fish Trade (LRFFT) in HK, with a focus on the transport sector and specifically air carriers which transports two thirds of HK’s Live Reef Fish imports.
Supporting Marine Conservation Development in Vietnam, to reduce overfishing and improve the resilience of small-scale fisheries including using the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management.
ADMCF supports the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) in developing an HK hotels working group to encourage the F&B sector in sourcing sustainable seafood.
ADMCF and RS Group support WWF in identifying risks in local supermarkets seafood supply chains, to facilitate the development of sourcing policies that incorporate sustainability and traceability.
ADMCF and ADM Capital started working with UN Environment (UNEP), The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and BNP Paribas to build the Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility with the objective of providing a simple, scalable route to generate long-term, private sector finance for livelihood and off-grid power projects in Indonesia.
Conservation International and the Global Conservation Fund establish the Cardamom Conservation Trust Fund, for which the initial research was commissioned by ADMCF.
CWR and ADMCF support this scientifically reviewed report, which seeks to address trade-offs on a more granular level, working with the province’s Development Research Centre. Published by World Resource Institute, partnered with CWR & the Ningxia Development Research Centre.
Report provides insights into effective policy options for reducing people’s exposure to toxic air pollutants and protecting public health in HK’s dense urban setting. Published by Civic Exchange and HKUST and funded by ADMCF.
CWR’s first proprietary report launches at the tri-annual World Water Forum in Korea during a session co-hosted with China International Law titled “Tackling Asia’s Trans boundary Water-Energy-Climate Challenge – What’s law got to do with it?” The report was sponsored by ADMCF and funded by RS Group and Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
This facilitates a comprehensive discussion on the topic by the public media for the first time. Published and funded by CWR and China Dialogue.
Many HK NGOs work on different aspects of the wildlife trade/crime e.g. specific species. The problems associated with illegal trade and trafficking however are systemic. ADMCF therefore established a Wildlife Trade Working Group of organisations and individuals working on wildlife trade in HK with the aim to leverage impact in key strategic areas through collaboration and co-operation, wherever possible.
ADMCF develops a business plan for livelihood support within a forest buffer zone. With support from ADMCF, YANI aims to build on its existing essential activites, with an additional focus on developing revenue generating activies both for Nantu communities and for YANI’s operations.
Provides support to HK Unison to offer 180 one-to-one tutorial sessions for ethnic minority children, outreach services to 100 children and youth.
ADMCF helps establish the AHC HK Fundraising Committee, to help raise awareness and fundraise for AHC in HK. The committee organise their first fundraising dinner in 2015.
Aarambh works with UNICEF to open child friendly spaces in hospitals in Mumbai. Aarambh India trains 1,500 individuals on child sexual abuse, while more than 30 organisations contribute to the portal and initiative. Aarambh India starts direct work with the government to strengthen child protection mechanisms and create a model for proper rehabilitation of victims.
Firetree Foundation Finances Stairway Foundation to secure the land on which their centre is built.
– Thorny Tree Frog (Graxicalus lumarius)
ADMCF responds to the lack of resources and training on child sexual abuse in India by establishing Aarambh India in partnership with Prerana.
ADMCF, Packard Foundation and Kingfisher Foundation host a meeting of Asian Marine Funders in Hong Kong. Approximately two dozen funders and experts attend to identify where philanthropic investment is needed in Asia.
CWR is commissioned to co-author CLSAU® report “Dirty Thirsty Fashion: Blindsided by China’s water wars”. Financial institutions and investors continue to host dedicated water risk events, forums and roadshows.
A well-designed inspection and maintenance programme in HK’s comprehensive vehicular pollution control strategy will help the city realise emission reduction targets. Published by Civic Exchange and funded by ADMCF.
CWR doubles size of team as its water-energy nexus work is recognised by global water community with keynote invitation at the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize Seminar during World Water Week.
Fran Lambrick’s documentary tells the story of the murder of the celebrated Cambodian forest activist Chut Wutty and the Prey Lang activists’ fight against industrial logging. Co-funded by ADMCF, Joe Draper and Nick Harbinson.
Clean Air Network is the first organisation in HK to release PM2.5 monitoring, prompting the government to adopt an Air Quality Health Index to include real-time measurement of PM2.5.
ADMCF and Firetree Foundation support BHI to build the first basic clinic in Tewado village (Karen State).
Development with ADM Capital of Innovative Rainforest Impact Bond structure; presentation to Indonesian government REDD+ team.
HSBC commissions CWR to research and analyse findings which form the basis of its report “No Water, No Food – ensuring food safety and food security in China”.
The Air Pollution Control (Marine Light Diesel) Regulation comes into operation to reduce local ship emission by requiring switching to 0.05% sulphur content diesel.
The report is based on leaked official documents obtained by Fortify Rights to reveal explicit government policies imposing extensive restrictions on the basic freedoms of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
ADMCF funds Fortify Rights to conduct in-depth research on migration of Rohingyas towards Southern Thailand as well as human rights abuses faced by Rohingyas in Rakine State.
New Air Quality Objectives for HK take effect.
Clean Air Network keeps pressure on HK government to tighten HK Air Quality Objectives (AQO) to the WHO standard and works to ensure the implementation of HK’s Clean Air Plan.
2013 showed a further drop in shark fin imports to Hong Kong (2863 tonnes less than 2012).
By year’s end, 160 leading companies/institutions have pledged not to serve shark fin.
Twelve global airlines have restrictions or bans on the carriage of shark fin.
Dr. Rowley’s discovery of Botsford’s Leaf-litter Frog (Leptolalax botsfordi) – named after ADM Capital partner, Chris Botsford.
The HK government launches its new Air Quality Health Index, for the first time linking air quality and health.
Civic Exchange supports the revised plan put forward by the EPD to incentivise early retirement of pre-Euro IV diesel commercial vehicles. This would be an effective means to reduce roadside emissions and public health risk.
The Chinese government bans shark fin and and bird’s nest from official banquets.
Establishing a Marine Emissions Control Area will bring about the greatest emissions reduction and public health benefits to the whole PRD region. Published by Civic Exchange.
A strategic roadmap for philanthropic investment in Asian fisheries identifies the case for reform in the management of Asia’s fisheries. Whilst this can be driven to some degree by external parties, reform will be long lasting if it is driven from within the region.
Across Asia there are significant issues with bonded labour in the seafood industry, whereby undocumented migrant populations are particularly vulnerable to human rights abuses.
HK and mainland China dominate the Live Reef Food-Fish Trade in Asia. Over two decades little has been achieved towards monitoring, managing and controlling the high value trade.
Small pelagics (such as mackerels and sardines) are widely used in Asia for human food and for trade, including exports. Lack of effective fisheries management has lead to over exploitation of key species.
There is abundant evidence that fishing activities in general are in need of urgent intervention in Asia. Trawling is one of the most ubiquitous methods in use and has a significant environmental impact.
ADMCF determines where philanthropic investment is most needed to address the challenges facing seafood supply and marine conservation in Asia.
Government initiates new regulations to retire old commercial diesel vehicles.
HK Guangdong Joint Working Group on sustainable development and environmental protection endorses regional air pollution emission reduction plan.
HK government bans shark fin, bluefin tuna and black moss from official functions, hoping to “set a good example”.
ADMCF develops the documentary ‘A Boat for Bangladesh’, to highlight Friendship’s healthcare services with the goal of further supporting the organisation’s fundraising efforts.
HK’s annual average Air Quality Objective for PM2.5 is 3.5 times higher than WHO’s annual average recommended standard (35 µg/m3 compared to 10 µg/m3).
Explores the initiatives that authorities in the Pearl River Delta region can take to improve the air quality in the region. Published by Civic Exchange and funded by ADMCF.
ADMCF and Firetree Foundation provide the 1/4 of the funds needed to run 90 classrooms for Rohingya children living withing informal camps.
With Firetree Foundation, develops and launches Powali, a free accounting financial management and impact reporting tool for NGO’s.
CWR continues to “un-silo” water risk and co-authors, “Water for Coal – Thirsty miners will share the pain” with CLSA; executes inaugural investor road show in Europe.
Marine emissions (SOx) are 50% higher than the entire road transport sector. Published by Civic Exchange and funded by ADMCF.
Government announces its Clean Air Plan, introducing targets and action for reducing roadside pollution and marine emissions in HK.
WHO classifies particulate matter, a major outdoor air pollutant, as carcinogenic to humans.
After 18 months of work led by ADMCF, AHC becomes a HK-led, independent free paediatric hospital in January 2013.
2012 showed a significant drop in shark fin imports to Hong Kong (2040 tonnes less than 2013).
More than 60% of the HK 5 star hotels have banned shark fin or taken it off menus by Dec 2012.
– The discovery of Helen’s Flying Frog (Rhacophorus helenae).
Dr Rowley’s discovery of Firth’s Leaf-litter Frog (Leptolalax firthi) – named after ADM Capital partner, Denys Firth.
With additional support from RS Group and Rockefeller Brothers Fund, China Water Risk becomes the “go-to” resource for water issues in China.
ADMCF provides fundraising support for the conversion of the Rainbow Warrior to the new Rongdhonu Friendship hospital ship which becomes operational in November 2012.
CWR places water as a financial risk in the power sector with a ground-breaking report commissioned by HSBC: “No Water, No Power: Does China have enough water to fuel power expansion?
First ever activity based inventory accounting for ocean going vessels across the Pearl River Delta. Published by Civic Exchange, HKUST and HKU and funded by Rockefeller Brothers Fund and ADMCF.
The world’s largest air cargo carrier, Cathay Pacific, is the first airline to ban unsustainably sourced shark products in September 2012.
In September, a new four-story building with a total area of 1,000 square meters is added to AHC, creating critical additional space. The Weldon UK Charitable Trust helps fund this expansion.
10,000 people sign HKSF’s petition to ban the sale and possession of shark fin in HK, culminating in a March for Sharks to hand the petition to government.
ADMCF and Firefree Foundation start to fund APLE’s office in Sihanoukville. APLE and MT work together to ensure the protection of thousands of children and cooperate with the police to bring perpetrators to justice.
Begins to work with Prerena in the red light district of Mumbai. ADMCF and Firetree support Prerana’s Kamathipura’s ESP programme, offering daily education to 100 children, with another 800 children in a follow-up programme. ADMCF and Firetree fund Prerana’s night care centre in 2013.
Peuan Peuan has been supporting street children from various nationalities in Thailand since 2005. ADMCF provides bridge funding in 2012, when a donor withdraws suddenly. Peuan Peuan is able to secure funding for 2013 thanks to ADMCF, which, with Firetree continues to support the NGO in 2014 and 2015.
With funding from ADMCF, Firetree Foundation and the Kennedy Family Foundation, BHI is able to start providing pre-natal care, education and financial assistance to over 300 pregnant migrant women living in extreme poverty and needing access to a safe delivery in a Thai clinic.
Finalises a merger between KALKI and Sharana, another NGO in Pondicherry, to strengthen both organisations. Sharana’s local presence and relations with local government are an important asset to KALKI’s protection work.
ADMCF supports Fran Lambrick’s documentary about the slain Cambodian forest defender Chut Wutty.
In May 2012, 41 of world’s leading marine scientists write to HK’s government highlighting its responsibility in regulating the fin trade.
ADMCF and Firetree Foundation fund Stairway Foundation’s creation of separate Child Friendly Spaces in 15 police precincts in the Greater Manila area, making it easier for victims to report their cases.
In a ‘80s-style commercial, actor Daniel Wu touts the wondrous qualities of “Fresh Air,” a new product that allows HK citizens to “experience breathing like the rest of the world does” with a portable can of oxygen.
Pew Charitable Trusts co-funds BLOOM and HKSF’s work in reducing shark fin consumption.
Starting January 1, 2012, the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong is the first hotel to ban shark fin from its menus.
ADMCF supports the hospital management in restructuring their finance, development and other operational departments. As part of the restructuring effort, ADMCF also helps AHC develop a new governance structure, identify members for a new HK-based Board of Drectors and mobilises new funds for the hospital. Proskauer provides critical legal support throughout.
ADMCF in 2011 and 2012 helps Playtao expand its after-school programme.
ADMCF and Firetree Foundation fund a joint initiative by Border Health Initiative and Children of the Forest to develop an educational outreach programme to enroll migrant children into Thai schools. The programme enrolls 260 children in schools and learning centres in 2011.
In 2011, Break The Silence coordinates training throughout the Thai-Burma area. A total of 510 staff from 55 local organisations and schools, reaching at least 10,000 children, receive training in basic child sexual abuse prevention, while an additional 50 trainers from 22 organisations are trained in Cambodia, with a reach of about 2,000 children. Firetree Foundation and the Kennedy Family Foundation provide support.
– White-eyed Spadefoot Toad (Leptobrachium leucops)
– Bidoup Leaf-litter Frog (Leptolalax bidoupensis)
– Quang’s Tree Frog (Graxicalus quangi)
– Misty Moss Frog (Theloderma nebulosum)
– Cloaked Moss Frog (Theloderma palliatum)
In December, M’Lop Tapang opens a vocational training restaurant located in the main tourist area of Sihanoukville funded by ADMCF, CLSA and Firetree, among others.
HKSF provides a snapshot of endangered seafood offered by HK’s leading hotels. Eighty percent of the 44 hotels and 167 other catering outlets surveyed, offered between three and five highly threatened species. The report is funded by ADMCF and the d’Auriol family.
ADMCF and Firetree Foundation support the construction and the ongoing operations of a Safe House for women and children in Sangklaburi, along the Thai-Burmese border. The Safe House opens in October 2011 to support 100 mothers and 200 children each year.
ADMCF launches China Water Risk (CWR), an initiative to highlight and address water issues arising from China’s urgent water crisis, revamping the Asia Water Project pilot.
BLOOM completes an extensive consumer survey on shark fin consumption in HK, revealing that only 19.6% of respondents find it very acceptable to have a wedding banquet without shark fin. Report is funded by ADMCF and Pew Charitable Trusts.
The ASSIST vocational training centre opens in Piduguralla in August 2011. The trainings are recognised by the government and youth receive a cerficate upon completion of the programme. Every six months, the centre offers vocational training programmes to 100 adolescents in IT skills, medical lab skills, tailoring and embroidery.
BLOOM launches “A Shark’s Fin ”, a short animation for kids. Film production was made possible by Elaine Marden.
HKSF & WWF lobby companies to ban shark fin from corporate banquets.
According to EPD, road transport is the second-largest emitter of RSP and NOx in Hong Kong. Pre-Euro IV diesel commercial vehicles accounted for about 86 per cent of RSP and 42 per cent of NOx.
ADMCF, Firetree Foundation and the Kennedy Family Foundation provide funding for the construction of facilities (dormitories, canteens and libraries) at remote schools with the help of local communities. Samsara Foundation aims to support education of underprivileged rural children in Northern Thailand.
ADMCF and Firetree Foundation support the opening of APLE mobile offices in Poipet and Battambang.
HK Shark Foundation (HKSF) launches “The Tide is Turning ”, a documentary tracking the progress of efforts to reduce shark fin consumption worldwide. Funds for the film production were provided by Claire Garner.
Musahars, who number 1.1million in Bihar State, sit at the bottom of the Dalit cast. ADMCF and Firetree Foundation help Nari Gunjan set up drop-in centres and pre-school centres across 18 communities in Patna (2011-2014). Through these, Nari Gunjan reaches the most underprivileged children, girls and women.
ADMCF and Firetree Foundation supports Karen Teacher Working Group to improve the quality of education provided to Karen students living in Thailand by funding teachers training and salaries.
ADMCF ensures Wildcru could continue to work on forest regeneration and restoration ecology, as well as many aspects of tropical peat-swamp forest ecology and biodiversity by filling a 12-month funding gap.
– Copper Leaf-litter Frog (Leptolalax aereus, discovered in Laos)
– Orange-bellied Leaf-litter Frog (Leptolalax croceus)
– Musical Leaf-litter Frog (Leptolalax melicus)
– Vampire Flying Frog (Rhacophorus vampyrus)
A Public Opinion Survey on Transport & Pollution. Published by Civic Exchange and funded by ADMCF.
CPCD and HNN Thailand’s education centre, night shelters and sports field are inaugurated, with support from the Swiss Embassy in Bangkok, among others.
ADMCF funds the first two Cambridge Student Conference on Conservation Science in Asia in 2010 and 2011.
Report outlines the environmental, social and governance issues that responsible investors should consider when looking at the forestry sector and, by association, the pulp and paper industry in East, South and Southeast Asia.
17 shipping lines sign the Civic Exchange Fair Winds Charter, agreeing to switch to cleaner fuel at berth and asking government to legislate the switch.
From 2010 – 2013, IPE writes reports targeting the dirty textile and tech sectors, with a focus on brands that are not working towards a cleaner supply chain.
288 of HK’s most polluting buses (Euro I model) are scrapped.
With support from Firetree Foundation, ADMCF provides funding to Action Pour Les Enfants, which works to protect children from sexual exploitation and trafficking while at the same time bringing offenders to justice.
BLOOM and Conservation International engage with leading hotels to educate staff about the environmental impact of shark fin consumption.
Clean Air Network advocates for Government Clean Air Plan, with support from RS Group.
ADMCF starts to work in Mae Sot, along the Thai-Burmese border, providing support to Burmese and ethnic minority migrant children, the most marginalised and at risk children in Thailand (2010-2015). Funds are provided in part by the Kennedy Family Foundation and Firetree Foundation.
ADMCF fills a short-term funding gap to enable World Resources Institute and Tsinghua University research for the first version of PROA for ammonia discharge reduction in Suzhou.
IPE identifies 175 companies listed on the HK Exchanges & Clearing Limited (HKEx) with environmental infraction records in China. Published by IPE and Civic Exchange and sponsored by ADMCF.
The report focuses on the rapidly developing importance of water as a material factor in investment analysis.
MT opens a new medical clinic, treating an average of 1,000 a month while medical outreach provides direct care, counselling and health education to hundreds of families in Sihanoukville.
ADMCF provides New Hope for Cambodian Children with support for a chicken-breeding business to generate income as well as provide vital protein source for the 250 residents at their residential centre for children with HIV.
ADMCF and J.Leon & Co support PCVC to scale up the drop-in centre to 19 centres across 7 cities (2009-2012).
Dr Rowley’s discovery of Appleby’s Leaf-litter Frog (Leptolalax applebyi) – named after ADM Capital partner, Robert Appleby.
An ageing bus fleet and the lack of aggressive policy to introduce environmentally friendlier buses leads Civic Exchange and Clean Air Network to urge the HK government to address this and push bus companies to rationalise bus routes. Published by Civic Exhange.
ADMCF commissions Starling Resources (now Mazaas Starling Resources) to assess the feasibility of establishing an endowment fund for the continued protection of the forest.
ADMCF and Firetree Foundation help to raise funds for Angkor Hospital for Children to cover an immediate shortfall of $150,000 and facilitates an additional US$200,000 from corporate donors. The support allows the hospital not to cut programmes in a tough financial year.
ADMCF and Stairway Foundation develop the Break the Silence initiative, an awareness and protection programme. Using three purpose-made animated films on incest, paedophilia and child-trafficking, to develop materials to train partner NGOs, specialists, police and government units at local, national and regional levels throughout Asia.
ADMCF instigated research on HK’s shark fin trade and consumer attitudes to inform future campaign work. The research was conducted by WWF Hong Kong and BLOOM, respectively.
HK’s Diesel Commercial Vehicles fleet is responsible for 90% of RSPs, and 80% of NOx. Civic Exchange and Clean Air Network initiate work targetting the sector for cleanup.
ADMCF and Firetree Foundation support Stairway Foundation’s completion of their latest animation, Red Leaves Falling – a story about child sex trafficking.
ADMCF purchases land for CPDC and HNN Thailand in Pattaya and secures funding for an education centre and playground for children at risk.
IPE builds its substantial database of companies that have been issued government violations for excessive pollution of water and air.
ADMCF researches and then launches a pilot information portal about China’s water crisis targeting business and investors, Asia Water Project.
ADMCF helps establish Clean Air Network, a local NGO focused solely on helping to amplify voices on air pollution and health in HK. Clean Air Network is now the main resource on air pollution in HK.
ADMCF, Susanna Thornton and The Weldon UK Charitable Trust are instrumental in developing arts and sport facilities at M’Lop Tapang.
ADMCF helps to develop a permanent centre for street children and youth in Pattaya with Child Protection and Development Centre and HNN Thailand. The Goal is to develop a comprehensive programme, including a drop-in centre and a strong outreach initiative.
With ADMCF support, Civic Exchange and HKU launch the Hedley Environmental Index documenting the health and economic costs of air pollution real time.
The study concludes in 2008 and provides options for capitalising an endowment fund for a range of conservation scenarios.
ADMCF starts working with PCVC in a pilot initiative for five drop-in centres (DICs) for 650 children on Mumbai’s largest garbage dump in Govandi. Funding from J. Leon & Co.
The centre of Pondicherry is a hub for street children and sex workers. Children in this community often end up in sex work. ADMCF provides seed funding to launch KALKI, to ensure that children a safe space.
ADMCF purchases land in Andhra Pradesh and The Weldon UK Charitable Trust provides the funding for construction of the training centre.
ADMCF provides core conservation funding and other strategic support to Yayasan YANI in Eastern Indonesia from 2008 – 2015. In addition to the provision of core conservation costs, ADMCF works to assist YANI in strengthening its governance and financial sustainability as well as build on existing essential activities.
To build on the success of the websites and taking advantage of the changing policy landscape, IPE, with support from ADMCF and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, initiated the Green Choice Alliance for Responsible Supply Chain Management Programme, a coalition of NGOs promoting a green supply chain in China and helping to link IPE with brands to acknowledge and help clean up their suppliers.
In the report, Civic Exchange explores the important issues surrounding buildings and climate change as well as ways to improve energy efficiency in HK and Macau.
ADMCF starts sponsoring leading biologist and conservationist Jodi Rowley to research and document the amphibian populations in the Indo-Burma corridor as well as mentoring of local conservation biologists.
ADMCF starts supporting IPE’s air pollution database together with WWF.
ADMCF purchases land in Sihanoukville in 2006 then finances and facilitates aditional funding from The Weldon UK Charitable Trust and others for the construction of a large purpose-built day centre (including a health clinic) and, in subsequent years, its expansion.
ADMCF initiates and supports judicial review on HK’s air quality.
ADMCF partners with ASSIST to develop a vocational training centre and programme aimed at offering viable skills for girls and boys aged 15-18.
ADMCF initiates a feasibility study and endowment fund design for the conservation of the Cardamon Highlands with Conservation International and Fauna & Flora International.
ADMCF with funding partner Oliver Cheah, provide seven China fellowships to CLAPV and other environmental lawyers in 2007 and 2008. The legal fellows work with ELAW staff lawyers and scientists in the United States on important environmental cases being prepared to appeal to China’s Supreme Court.
ADMCF initiates a partnership with sustainable apparel NGO Redress, providing long-term strategic and other support. The aim is to promote sustainable fashion and the manufacture of clothes with less waste and pollution.
ADMCF releases research with Civic Exchange and HKUST showing that local sources (including vehicles, marine and power plants) were the primary influence on HK’s air pollution (53% of the time), contradicting the official position that regional sources (factories in China) were the main cause and that we weren’t able to do anything about the situation.
ADMCF funds a Wildlife at Risk species identification guide for local fishing communities in Vietnam. Goal: to improve fishing practices and take pressure off depleting stocks.
ADMCF supports Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs’s first air pollution map in China, listing factories and mills fined by government for excessive emissions.
Using China’s new disclosure laws, Beijing-based Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) launches its online water database, allowing public access to water quality and pollution data in China’s 300 cities.
ADMCF supports WWF to conduct a scoping of best approaches to reduce consumption of shark fin in HK and launch a corporate “no shark fin” pledge.
The organisation was working with 200 children in a run-down rented facility when ADMCF starts working wit MT. Over the years, ADMCF helps MT with a new home, strategic advice, management support, funding and facilitates the development of a wide network of supporters.
ADMCF provides three years of funding for St Peter’s College, Oxford University, enabling a PhD and Masters student to mentor at RUPP while doing their own research in Cambodia.
With support from ADMCF investing partner Joe Draper, ADMCF provides FFI with funding in 2006 and 2007 to build the Royal University of Phnom Penh Biodiversity Conservation Masters programme, the first of its kind in Cambodia.