Taipei’s Guandu Natural Park changes status to wetlands for enhanced protection | Taiwan News
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Guandu Nature Park in Beitou District of Taipei City will change its status from protected nature reserve to wetland in order to benefit from enhanced flood protection, reports said on Tuesday (December 21st). .
The Taipei city government demanded the change to manage the site as a “significant national wetland” in a move that received the approval of the Agriculture Council’s Forestry Bureau in October, reported the CNA.
The original status meant that no human interference with the natural landscape was possible, but over the years the area covered by mangroves has grown to the detriment of wetlands, chasing away the supposedly aquatic bird species. benefit from the protection of the park, according to the Forestry Bureau.
The number of aquatic birds has decreased by more than 30%, leaving room for other types of avifauna outside the initial objectives of the creation of the park. Gradual changes in the landscape have also increased the threat of flooding along the nearby Keelung River, the Taipei city government has warned, as driftwood could cause water levels to rise.
As a result, the city has asked to change the strict original status of the Guandu region in favor of a program where human intervention is allowed, the Forestry Bureau said. Following the promulgation of the measure on Monday (December 20), the city would still be required to manage the area in a transparent manner with the protection of water birds and their habitat as its primary mission.