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Co-prosperity with Local Communities - Taijiang National Party will enter into a Letter of Intent with Local Fishermen to Promote Building of Eco-friendly Habitats
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Taijiang National Park Headquarters (hereinafter referred to as the “Headquarters” is dedicated to realizing the Aichi Targets’ vision of “Living in Harmony with Nature” under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and achieving the goal of sustainability in the local economy, society and ecology by securing and flexibly using Satoumi resources. After making efforts for almost one year, the Headquarters is going to enter into a Letter of Intent with 3 owners of local private fish farms around the National Park Yen Wen-Cheng, the head of Cheng-Xi Li in Annan District, Wang, Chi-Sen, the head of the fish breeding production and marketing group of Shi-fen Li, and Chiu, and Chuang-Hui in Du- Jia-Li of Cigu District on December 18, 2020.
To protect the environment of habitats for migratory birds more comprehensively and ensure that these species can take a rest adequately and forage comfortably in the Taijiang area. The Headquarters gathered the experts and scholars from the National University of Tainan, Fisheries Research Institute, and Wild Bird Society of Tainan to organize the “eco-friendly Habitats Promotion Advisory Board” and, after the board is established, developed the conservation strategies of “Building eco-friendly Habitats.” These strategies include assisting fishermen in developing eco-tourism, supporting them with bird ecology monitoring techniques, and providing ecological service subsidies in order to encourage the fish farmers in the Taijiang area to collaborate with the National Park to build complete, friendly habitats for winter migrant birds. After making efforts for almost one year, the 3 above-mentioned fish farmers are willing to take the lead and become partners in building eco-friendly habitats by providing 10.8 hectares of fish farms. Through many friendly strategies, including lowering the water level, black-faced spoonbills and other aquatic birds are attracted to forage in Taijiang National Park. After the Headquarters invited the communities' residents to study tours, educational workshops, and other activities, the ideal of eco-friendly habitats has been gradually accepted among communities. By now, another 4 fishermen are willing to join as partners, and at least 34 hectares of additional friendly fish farms are expected next year (2021).
According to the Headquarters, if any eco-friendly measures of small scale can be implemented to the sun-dried ponds of each fish farm after the fish harvesting period, that implementation may form a Taijiang conservation map and ensure that migratory species can stay in here comfortably and the sustainable conservation with a vision of “harmonious co-existence between mankind and nature” can be created.