There are many ecological attractions in Taiwan. However, local enthusiasts would prefer to keep them as secret, with their beauty and value known only to a small number of people, for soon after publication, sites can become severely damage and are often converted into "development"
The Biodiversity Working Group of the National Council for Sustainable Development, Executive Yuan, directed (Urban and Suburban Planning Administration) the Construction and Planning Agency, Ministry of Interior (CPAMI) to engage in "Completion of Maps of Taiwan's Wetlands and Coral Reefs," with the cooperation of Academia Sinca, the Ministry of Education, and the Council of Agriculture..
To some, wetlands are merely plots of low-lying land full of dirty, foul-smelling mud serving as wet, breeding grounds for mosquitoes, flies, and insects. To others, however, wetlands are habitats for birds and vegetation, rivers inhabited by frogs and fish, and places full of all kinds of life.
Taiwan, as an island with advantageous climatic conditions and geographic location, provides crucial resting points and natural habitats for a great numbers of migratory birds. The vast expanses of wetlands, estuaries, gulfs, deltas, and beaches interwoven along the coast, as well as swamps, ponds, paddy fields, canals, pools, basins, and the lakes which dot the island, are not only home to an abundance of wildlife but also have the potential to provide information on the biodiversity of many of the world's species.
Taiwan's Wetlands of Importance
Parks and green spaces can be viewed from two perspectives. From the perspective of space, they include the natural environment ecosystem in communities, cities, regions, countries, and the global village.
The evaluation committee of Taiwan's Wetlands of Importance first met in November 2006 and solicited wetland recommendation from all areas. After additional meetings to select, survey, and classify each site, the committee completed its evaluation in December 2007, recognizing 75 important wetlands. Of these, 2 are .
"international class," 41 are designated with national status, and 32 are designated with local status.
In January 2011, the committee designated 17 new wetlands, including 4 whose boundaries were adjusted and 11 that were consolidated and categorized into various types of wetland in the Danshuei River Basin. This produced a total of 82 important wetlands.
Jhubei Lianhua Temple Wetland
January 5th, 2011