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Preface

Wetlands: Rich Lands Full of Life

What are wetlands?

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. In fact, the mosquitoes, flies, insects, fish and shrimp found in wetlands are important food sources for various birds, and the wetlands themselves are excellent places for human to live as well.

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William H. Seward, the U.S. Secretary of State who negotiated the Alaska Purchase from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million at two cents per acre, was at first ridiculed for buying “an Alaskan refrigerator.” Nowadays, however, Alaska is a crucial site for national defense as well as a natural treasure-trove for the U.S.

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”.

 

These 82 important wetlands, whether small or large, will all provide shelter for a variety of creatures if we protect them well. Here we publicize their condition in order to raise public awareness in the hope that people in Taiwan will seek to preserve and conserve these wetlands.

When development projects for wetlands are disrupted, investors often blame local environmentalists with innocent and domineering attitudes, saying “Why didn’t you tell us earlier? We didn’t see birds. We didn’t see crabs. They were of no value at all …”

But consider this, by examining and observing these wetlands we will achieve the right to speak on behalf of the wetlands. From our new position we may all loudly declare that these are “Rich Lands Full of Life.” We all need to respect and protect wetlands. Let’s keep these wetlands from pollution and destruction.

Today, we make efforts for the wetlands; in the future, the wetlands will repay us doubly.