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Biodiversity Conservation

       With the changes in the production patterns in the sugar industry, the agricultural land has been transformed from short-term leased sugarcane farmland for the raw materialsfor sugar production and for recreation into farmland no longer used for sugarcane farming. The implementation of afforestation is in line with the government policy, and the sterile sugarcane farmland is transformed into the land for afforestation to protect biodiversity. The seeking for environmental protection and the maintenance of biodiversity enables the world to enjoy the social progress and economic balance at the same time. To cooperate with the government’s “Healthy Taiwan” policy, TSC actively engaged in the afforestation and greening of Taiwan. As of December, 2017, the afforestation tending area totaled 12,295.97 hectares, including 498.75 hectares of afforestation by the public, 387.89 hectares of eco-friendly parks, 509.42 hectares of afforestation at the planters’ expense and 10,899.91hectares of afforestation on the flatland. TSC is actively engaged in afforestation to create a homeland with biodiversity.



Jacana Ecological Education Park in Guantien

       Due to the changes in habitats in the 90’s, the Jacana population gradually decreased and became one of the endangered birds. They can only be found on the water chestnut farms in the plain area between Bajhang Stream and Tsengwen Stream. COA announced that Jacanas were classified as the Class IIRare and Valuable Species in 1989. In1980, due to the development of Taiwan’ s high speed railway, the planned route passed through the important habitat of Jacanas- Hulupi in Guantien Township. After coordination, Tainan City Government rented TSC’s property at Fanzitian Section No.767 and others with a total of eight pieces of land, with the area of approximately 15 hectares to establish the Jacana Ecological Education Park in Guantien. The Jacana Rescue Committee set up by Chinese Wild Bird Federation and Wetlands Taiwan was entrusted to implement the rehabilitation program.


MASADIFOREST

       To assist the park in implementing the proposed objectives of “local culture, ecological sustainability, recreation and livelihood and energy conservation and carbon reduction” to move toward sustainable development, MASADIFOREST in Guangfu Township in Hualien County was officially open on May 21, 2011, making it the first successfully recovered flatland forest and the most accessible forest in Taiwan. The development of the park is divided into two cultures (sugar culture and aboriginal culture) and two ecological systems (low-carbon ecotourism and ecological conservation). The overall planning is based on the principles of ecology, energy conservation, carbon reduction and health to create a low-density, green building design oriented and diversified ecotourism area.
       After its official opening, MASADIFOREST conducted its first survey on the biological resources in the whole park area in all seas at the beginning of 2012. The initial stage is to focus on the dragonflies, butterflies, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals to establish a baseline database of biodiversity in the park to serve as a reference for the sustainable management of the park. Thesurvey results were described and suggestions for the management of animal resources are also given. The afforestation of MASADIFOREST, when viewed from above, has become a spectacular tree-sea.After one-year survey conducted by Taiwan Forestry Research Institute, in addition to the afforestation sites that can provide habitats for animals, the existing pools, paddy fields, river courses, ditches and the areas after fallow are also important animal habitats, making MASADIFOREST a park with truly biodiversity.


Aogu Wetland

       To implement the ideal of coexistence of all things and maintain ecological balance, Aogu Wetland is planned to be developed into a wetland park and the affiliated Dongshi Farm was planned to serve as a wildlife reserve. Among it, 1,462 hectares of land was planned as a flatland forest park by the Forestry Bureau (including 664 hectares of land proclaimed by COA as a habitat for wildlife). Currently, Aogu Wetland is the largest flatland forest park in Taiwan.There are a large number of migratory birds and aquatic birds in the wetland. Besides, it is near tourist attractions like Gangko Temple of Bungang Port and Dongshi Fishing Harbor. It was selected as one of the three flatland forests by the Forestry Bureau. It also cooperated with Chiayi University to conduct the monitoring and establish a monitoring model of the birds in the Aogu Wetland Forest Park..


Haifeng Wetland

       Haifeng Wetland is located near the Chonglan Jiuzhen (canal) in Haifeng Area. Pingtung County Government rented the 13.74-hectare land from TSC and planned a primary sedimentation tank, natural purification channels and a 6-hectare ecological pond as the means of purifying the water quality of Chonglan Jiuzhen (canal), injecting water into the old waters. Haifeng Wetland is rich in ecological species. A variety of waterbirds and insects coexist in this symbiotic relationship. In addition to the aquatic plants that purify water quality, willow trees are also planted by the ecological pond. The bright and open natural scenery is like a land without pollution. Take a deep breath and close your eyes, this place is undoubtedly an ecological paradise to all.


Chinshang Pastoral Farm Resort

       Chinshang Pastoral Farm Resort is located on a vast territory. To enhance the concept and awareness of conservation and based on the concept of animal welfare, conservation education and species reproduction, started from February 7, 2002, Chinshang Pastoral Farm Resortstarted to work with Taipei Zoo and transfer animals that do not affect the survival and conservation of valuable native animals and plants in the area to part of the land in the resort and introduced conservation animals such as Mongolian wild horses, Champman zebras, spotless antelopes, Eland antelopes, hornbook antelopes, baboons, and pygmy hippopotamuses. Although it was intended to transform Chinshang Pastoral Farm Resort into a zoo, the number of the transferred animals and the original animals like horses, sheep, sika deer and herding cattle was too limited to be developed into the scale of a zoo. Therefore, the status quo is maintained and the animals are preserved. This part of land in the resort is preserved for field trips and educational purpose only.

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