Rural Devastation in Hong Kong started because of the soaring economy in the 70s, last century. The completion of the Kwai Tsing Container Terminal 1 in September 1972, the announcement of New Territories Small House scheme in December 1972 and the development of new towns all led to an increasing demand on container back-up areas and land for housing. At the same time, the Government withdrew the support from local agriculture, letting the sector shrink. Large tracts of agricultural land in the New Territories were converted into open storage spaces, parking lots or houses, with many of them being illegal. The Conservancy Association has been monitoring this trend since then, and will keep on fulfilling our mission in the future.