In recent years, the Forestry Bureau has been actively introducing environmentally friendly concepts in national forest construction management projects and implementing information disclosure and knowledge translation. The book launch of Co-Existing with the Wild: Illustrated Collection of Eco-friendly National Forest Management Projects took place today (25th). The Forestry Bureau said that Co-Existing with the Wild is the first textbook on eco-friendly construction engineering projects for forest environmental disaster prevention and management in Taiwan. It contains a collection of 16 projects that show the Forestry Bureau's efforts in recent years to reconcile safety and ecological preservation in mountain villages. It is hoped that readers who are concerned about construction engineering projects and ecological environment or governmental construction agencies can obtain the latest reference information through its clear and simple language, illustrations of engineering structures, and the fun "book within a book" layout. The Forestry Bureau will also continue to seek new ways to restore the harmony between humans and nature through the practical experiences gained from eco-friendly construction projects.
The Forestry Bureau pointed out that biodiversity mainstreaming is a national policy goal for sustainability, and the Forestry Bureau has made efforts to internalize biodiversity in all its work projects in recent years. Therefore, in order to reduce the damage and impact of construction projects on the environment from a systematic perspective, the Forestry Bureau has introduced an eco-friendly mechanism into the existing framework of national forest disaster prevention and management projects since 2017. The aim is to minimize the impact to the environment, to preserve the living space of the native organisms as much as possible, to let the ecosystem recover in the shortest time possible, and to safeguard people's lives and properties, while striving to coexist with nature.
The Forestry Bureau emphasized that the purpose of the eco-friendly mechanism is to reduce environmental disruption when a project must be carried out regardless and to find the most suitable project design for the local community and ecosystem. Therefore, there is no standard answer to the question of wildlife escape ramps, wildlife pathways, and habitat creation. Instead, we need to take stock of the unique features of the environment and ecosystem in each case, and gradually find the best solution through repeated, multi-sided communication, revision, and follow-up monitoring. These experiences accumulated through the many project implementations are also one of the key points to be discussed and shared in the book Co-Existing with the Wild.
Lin Hwa-Ching, Director General of the Forestry Bureau, said that as the Forestry Bureau is responsible for the national forest working circle, it must do its best to prevent or mitigate natural disasters, such as landslides or hillside collapses that may affect the residents of the mountain villages. Therefore, construction engineering intervention is often required to ensure the safety of the public or critical facilities. However, the Forestry Bureau is also the authority in charge of nature conservation, so it needs to pay attention to the principle of proportionality for the project's introduction in the environment, as well as how to minimize the damage and disruption to the original ecosystem, and restore it in the shortest time possible.
According to Lin Hwa-Ching, when the Forest District Offices handled the construction management projects of national forest areas in the past, there were often divergent views between the local communities and the environmental groups on the preservation targets, the methods, and even the urgency of the projects. Since 2016, the Forestry Bureau has been working on the introduction of an eco-friendly engineering mechanism, and began to set up a communication platform in 2017. Only through the concerted efforts of all parties and sectors did everyone gradually gain mutual trust and reach a consensus. The book—Co-Existing with the Wild—was written in a clear language with illustrations in the hopes that the public can learn about the results of the Forestry Bureau's efforts. We also hope that the book provides case studies as a source of reference for other construction engineering units.
At today's book launch, Professor Wang Ying from the School of Life Science of the National Taiwan Normal University and Researcher Fang Yun-Ju from the Environmental Ethics Foundation of Taiwan were especially invited to read the book online. Through their insightful explanations, they re-created the challenges and work experience of two improvement projects. Wang Ying illustrated the importance of microhabitat preservation through the case of the Basianshan Forest Road in Taichung, where even a small, inconspicuous puddle on the roadside can be a shelter for many organisms. Fang Yun-Ju used the case of Chushui River in Yilan to point out the extraordinary power of nature to shape the environment, and that the intervention of man-made projects should be based on the principle of "less is more" in order to follow the rules of nature.
Co-Existing with the Wild: Illustrated Collection of Eco-friendly National Forest Management Projects is now available for purchase. If you want to learn more about the cases and stories of eco-friendly measures applied in mountain and forest construction management projects, please visit Wu Nan Books, Government Books Store, and other physical and online bookstores to purchase the book.
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◆ Government Books Store——https://www.govbooks.com.tw/
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◆ Nikko Hill Tea and Books——https://tinyurl.com/yzsntxce
◆ Fribooker Bookstore——https://fribooker.wordpress.com/bookstore/
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