Plaque Unveiled for First "National Nature Park Administration" in Taiwan
The plaque for the first “National Nature Park Administration” in Taiwan dedicated to achieving a balance between low-elevation mountain conservation and urban recreation was officially unveiled on the morning of November 28, 2019. President Tsai Ying-Wen, Secretary-General to the President Chen Chu, and Minister of the Interior Hsu Kuo-Yung were all present on the day to witness this important milestone in low-elevation mountain conservation.
Hsu stated that the mission of the National Nature Park Administration is to administer national nature parks on low-elevation mountains near urban areas. Its jurisdiction encompasses the Shoushan National Nature Park as well as the metropolitan parklands of “Taichung Metropolitan Park” and “Kaohsiung Metropolitan Park” in urban areas. The new agency replaces the Preparatory Office of Shoushan National Nature Park and its resources will provide the public with even better recreational and environmental education services.
The Ministry of the Interior noted that smaller regions with unusual scenery or eco-systems may be designated as “national nature parks” in under the “National Park Law.” These sites are usually located near more densely populated urban areas. Right now, the “Shoushan National Nature Park” is the only example in Taiwan and was created after many years of lobbying by local community groups. Any other national nature parks created i the future will fall under the jurisdiction of the National Nature Park Administration established today.
The Ministry of the Interior emphasized that while national nature parks might be smaller in size and area than past high-mountain or maritime national parks, they still possess a rich ecology and offer citizens an accessible way to get in touch with nature. They also serve as an urban refuge for many species of wild life. The public is welcome to make this their starting point for learning about the local ecology, building consensus on ecological protection, and working together to protect the environment of Taiwan.
Cactus at sunset
Minister Hsu delivering a speech at the event
President Tsai delivering a speech at the event