Environment And Conservation Fund Ordinance


Published: 1997-06-30

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Cap 450 - ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION FUND ORDINANCE 1

Chapter: 450 ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION FUND
ORDINANCE

Gazette Number Version Date


Long title 30/06/1997


An Ordinance to establish a trust fund called the Environment and Conservation Fund and to provide for the due
administration thereof and for connected matters.

(Enacted 1994)


[1 August 1994] L.N. 462 of 1994

(Originally 42 of 1994)

Section: 1 Short title 30/06/1997


(1) This Ordinance may be cited as the Environment and Conservation Fund Ordinance.
(2) (Omitted as spent)

(Enacted 1994)

Section: 2 Interpretation L.N. 130 of 2007 01/07/2007


Remarks:
For the saving and transitional provisions relating to the amendments made by the Resolution of the Legislative
Council (L.N. 130 of 2007), see paragraph (12) of that Resolution.


In this Ordinance, unless the context otherwise requires-

"committee" (委員會) means the committee established by section 7;
"fund" (基金) means the fund established by section 3;
"Secretary" (局長) means the Secretary for the Environment; (Added 78 of 1999 s. 7. Amended L.N. 106 of 2002;

L.N. 130 of 2007)
"trustee" (受託人) means the Secretary as trustee of the fund. (Amended 78 of 1999 s. 7)

(Enacted 1994)

Section: 3 Establishment of fund 30/06/1997


(1) There is hereby established a fund called the Environment and Conservation Fund.
(2) The trustee shall hold the fund upon the trusts and subject to the provisions contained in this Ordinance.
(3) The fund shall consist of-

(a) such sums as may be granted by the Government from time to time;
(b) such donations as may be made to the fund from time to time;
(c) such other moneys, assets or property as may be acquired by the trustee from time to time, including

any accumulated income of the fund.
(Enacted 1994)


Section: 4 Objects of the trust fund 30/06/1997


The trustee shall hold and stand possessed of the fund upon trust to apply the same in such manner and to such
extent as the committee may advise for the purposes of funding educational, research and other projects and activities
in relation to environmental and conservation matters.

(Enacted 1994)




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Section: 5 Incorporation of Secretary as trustee L.N. 320 of 1999 01/01/2000


(1) For the purposes of this Ordinance, the person for the time being performing the duties of the office of the
Secretary shall be the trustee of the fund and shall be a corporation sole (in this section referred to as "the
corporation") and shall have the name "The Trustee of the Environment and Conservation Fund", and in that name
shall have perpetual succession and may sue and be sued in any court. (Amended 78 of 1999 s. 7)

(2) The corporation shall have a common seal and the affixing of the seal shall be authenticated by the
signature of the trustee.

(3) Any instrument purporting to be an instrument duly executed under the seal of the corporation shall be
received in evidence and shall, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, be deemed to be an instrument so executed.

(Enacted 1994)

Section: 6 Investment of moneys 30/06/1997


(1) The trustee may invest any moneys of the fund in such investments, whether or not such investments are
trust investments, as he may consider appropriate.

(2) The trustee may employ any professional person or financial institution to advise him on any matter arising
out of or in connection with his functions under this Ordinance.

(3) All salaries and fees of any person or institution so employed shall be paid by the trustee out of the fund.
(Enacted 1994)


Section: 7 Establishment of committee L.N. 130 of 2007 01/07/2007


Remarks:
For the saving and transitional provisions relating to the amendments made by the Resolution of the Legislative
Council (L.N. 130 of 2007), see paragraph (12) of that Resolution.


(1) There shall be established a committee to be known as the "Environment and Conservation Fund

Committee".
(2) The committee shall consist of-

(a) a chairman, who shall be appointed by the Chief Executive for a term of 2 years, but who shall be
eligible for reappointment; (Amended 34 of 2000 s. 3)

(b) the Secretary as ex officio member or his representative; (Amended 78 of 1999 s. 7)
(c) the Permanent Secretary for Education as ex officio member or his representative; (Amended 3 of

2003 s. 41; L.N. 130 of 2007)
(d) the Director of Environmental Protection as ex officio member or his representative;
(e) the Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation as ex officio member or his representative;

(Amended L.N. 331 of 1999)
(f) not more than 8 other members appointed by the Chief Executive for a term of 2 years, but who shall

be eligible for reappointment. (Amended 34 of 2000 s. 3)
(3) The quorum necessary for the transaction of business by the committee at a meeting of the committee shall

be 7 members.
(4) The validity of any proceedings of the committee shall not be affected by any vacancy among the members

thereof or by any defect in the appointment of any member thereto.
(5) The committee may make standing orders-

(a) governing their procedure in the transaction of business;
(b) for the maintenance of good order at their meetings; and
(c) generally for matters relating to the discharge of their duties.

(6) The standing orders shall be subject to disallowance, alteration or amendment by the Chief Executive.
(Amended 34 of 2000 s. 3)

(7) All questions arising at any meeting of the committee shall be decided by a majority of votes of members
present, and, in case of an equality of votes, the chairman shall have a casting vote in addition to his original vote.

(Enacted 1994)




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Section: 8 Accounts 34 of 2000 01/07/1997


Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 34 of 2000 s. 3


(1) The trustee shall cause proper accounts to be kept of all transactions of the fund as the Director of
Accounting Services may require and shall cause to be prepared for every period of 12 months ending on 31 March in
each year, a statement of the accounts of the fund, which statement shall include an income and expenditure account
and balance sheet and shall be signed by the trustee within 3 months of the end of the financial year to which they
relate.

(2) The accounts of the fund and the signed statement of the accounts shall be audited by the Director of Audit
or by an auditor appointed by the committee who shall certify the statement subject to such report, if any, as he may
think fit.

(3) A copy of the signed and audited statement of accounts together with the auditor's report, if any, and a
report by the trustee on the administration of the fund during the period covered by the audited accounts together with
such other report as the trustee may see fit to make shall be laid on the table of the Legislative Council within 3
months of the receipt by the trustee of the signed and audited statement of accounts from the auditor, or so soon
thereafter as the Chief Executive, in his absolute discretion, may allow. (Amended 34 of 2000 s. 3)

(Enacted 1994)

Section: 9 Cost of administration of the fund 30/06/1997


(1) The cost of the administration of the fund, other than the salaries and fees paid under the provisions of
section 6(3), shall be a charge on the general revenue.

(2) The Financial Secretary may direct that an annual supervision fee of not more than 2.5% of the income of
the fund during the financial year concerned shall be charged against the income of the fund and paid into the general
revenue.

(Enacted 1994)

Section: 10 Savings L.N. 130 of 2007 01/07/2007


Remarks:
For the saving and transitional provisions relating to the amendments made by the Resolution of the Legislative
Council (L.N. 130 of 2007), see paragraph (12) of that Resolution.


For the avoidance of doubt it is stated that anything done under this Ordinance by or in relation to the Secretary

for Planning, Environment and Lands as a corporation sole and having effect immediately before 1 January 2000 has
effect- (Amended L.N. 106 of 2002)

(a) on and after that date but before 1 July 2002 as if done by the Secretary for the Environment and Food;
(Amended L.N. 130 of 2007)

(b) on and after 1 July 2002 but before 1 July 2007 as if done by the Secretary for the Environment,
Transport and Works; and (Amended L.N. 130 of 2007)

(c) on and after 1 July 2007 as if done by the Secretary for the Environment. (Added L.N. 130 of 2007)
(Added 78 of 1999 s. 7. Amended L.N. 106 of 2002)

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