Apply Environmental Education to Foster Practices of Satoyama Initiative: Examples of Nature Centers of Forestry Bureau

2019.04.11

  • SUBMITTED ORGANISATION

  • Chinese Society for Environmental Education

  • DATE OF SUBMISSION

  • 11/04/2019

  • REGION

  • Eastern Asia

  • COUNTRY

  • Chinese Taipei

  • SUMMARY

  • Chinese Society for Environmental Education has assisted Forestry Bureau, Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan in preparing, planning, establishing, operating and training 8 Nature Centers since 2006 in order to transform the learning site into the channel between forestry policies and general public. The earlier forestry policies in Taiwan mainly focused on timber production and had gradually adjusted to sustainable forestry management. Based on the international Satoyama Initiative, the integrated national green ecological network has been set up to introduce the sustainable industries and lifestyle between human beings and nature. The 8 Nature Centers instructed by Chinese Society for Environmental Education combines ideas of “sustainable forest management” and “environment monitoring” into course design to intrigue voluntary participation from learners and local communities on resource management. ¬Furthermore, policies from Forestry Bureau can be carried out in accordance with the sustainable spirit from Satoyama Initiative.

  • KEYWORD

  • Environmental Education, Sustainable Forestry, Public-private partnership

  • AUTHOR

  • Chih-ying Lee, Chief Executive Officer, EnvEd Centre for Innovative Learning; Dr. Kuang-Chung Lee, Associate professor, National Dong-Hwa University; Dr. Yi-Ju Yang, Associate professor, National Dong-Hwa University

  • LINK

  • http://www.csee.org.tw
    http://recreation.forest.gov.tw/nc/nc_index.aspx

Summary Sheet

The summary sheet for this case study is available here.

Background

Taiwan has nearly 2.1 million hectares of forest which is a precious asset that covers about 60.71% of the total territory. Chinese Society for Environmental Education has assisted Forestry Bureau, the central administrative authority of forestry management and biodiversity conservation, in preparing, planning, establishing, operating and training 8 Nature Centers since 2006. The forest is consequently converted into environmental education resource and provides the first-hand learning experience which can increase general public’s awareness, cognition, value and action toward forest.

Graph 1 Locations of Nature Centers of Forestry Bureau and years of establishment

  • The goal of forest management and village development has changed from earlier timber production to three in one purpose of logging, nourishment and conservation. Influenced by international conservation trend and grassroots environmental movements, the forestry management has further emphasized on collaborating with advocacy groups and interested parties as “ecological system operator of new environmentalism” and thus developed multi-objectives operation model including ecological conservation, territory protection and recreation. Currently, forestry management in Taiwan has blended in public participation and co-management in the mechanism. The 8 Nature Centers instructed by Chinese Society for Environmental Education has become the platform for policy communication, value clarification and public participation and ultimately create the harmonious relationship between nature and human beings. During the process of advocating Satoyama Initiative, the centers are also the crucial foundation that play the role of “public participation and partnership” by means of environmental education, interpretation and communication. Many members of Chinese Society for Environmental Education have devoted themselves to the establishment of Nature Centers of Forestry Bureau and promoting practices of Satoyama Initiatives since 2006. They are from area of industries, public offices and academia.

For more details, please refer to the link below.