In addition to being included in the Country Parks system, several Fung Shui forests have been designated as part of conservation-related land-use zones (land-use zoning is part of the statutory urban planning system), such as conservation areas, greenbelts, and SSSIs.
Fung Shui forests are principally situated on government land.
The land-use zones containing the Fung Shui forests were identified by studying the GPS points of the 115 Fung Shui forests measured by the AFCD (2006).
The presented findings reveal that the methods through which local village communities utilise and manage Fung Shui forests have changed over time.
Along with the effects of the reduced importance of forests, the original customary rules and regulations regarding Fung Shui forests are no longer relevant.
The responses obtained in this study demonstrated a mismatch in perceptions of Fung Shui forests between the local villagers and the government officials, particularly the AFCD officials.
The ecological approach adopted by the AFCD prevents the department from concurrently considering the cultural aspect of Fung Shui forest landscapes.
Villagers seldom rely on Fung Shui forests for tangible resources; instead, they rely on such forests for intangible resources.