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Promoting the Satoyama Initiative

2017-12-12

  The main reason behind the launch of the “Satoyama Initiative” was to correct the imbalance in the relationship between man and the land. It was aimed at composite rural ecological systems with Satoyama-like landscapes, and it emphasizes harmonious coexistence between man and nature. Internationally the Satoyama Initiative is already seen as a tool for new international systems, and is helpful to the passing along of the traditional wisdom and cultures of mountain communities.

  The Council of Agriculture (COA) encourages all related domestic organizations to join the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative network. Already nine private and public organizations have been admitted, including National Dong Hwa University, the Society for Wildlife and Nature, the Taiwan Ecological Engineering Development Foundation, the Environmental Ethics Foundation of Taiwan, the Tse-Xin Organic Agriculture Foundation, Observer Ecologocal Consultant Co., Ltd., and the COA’s Hualien District Agricultural Research and Extension Station, Forestry Bureau, and Soil and Water Conservation Bureau.

  During the years of 2016-2017, more than 70 communities, aboriginal organizations, NGOs, green industries and departments in government participated in the communicative activities of TPSI. They shared their individual practical experience of “harmonious coexistence between Man and Nature”.

  The COA also promotes the plan to put into practice “Satoyama ecological rural communities.” In 2017 the COA has selected three communities with potential to be pro-actively guided: the Gongrong Community in New Taipei City, the Nanpu Community in Hsinchu County, and the Shangde Community in Taitung County. The COA will stress environmental friendliness, will bring these rural communities to put to good use their rich ecological resources, and will create new-form green economy resources, thereby constructing models of “Satoyama ecological rural communities” in Taiwan.