National Pingtung University of Science and Technology
Started as an agricultural college in 1924, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST) has been grown to offer nationally acclaimed programs in areas ranging from agriculture and engineering to management and humanities and social sciences. With an aim to provide innovative solutions to challenges at global and local levels, NPUST not only promotes basic research but also encourages its faculty to forge research collaborations with industrial and government agencies. NPUST is also committed to preparing students to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings by focusing on work-integrated learning and connecting students with industry before graduation.
The community forestry research group of NPUST was established in 2004. Our goal is to empower local communities and to promote community-based ecotourism and agroforestry. We have devoted ourselves to surveying the unique culture and resources of the local communities and transforming them into a “Deep Economy” which emphasizes the concept of local purchasing and creates an environmentally sustainable system. We develop local models of ecotourism and promote them on a regional level. We have cultivated a long-term relationship with the communities neighboring the Kenting National Park (Pingtung Provincial Highway No. 26) and the indigenous tribesof Northern Pingtung (Pingtung Provincial Highway No. 24) including Adiri, Labuwan, Tjukuvulj, and Tjavatjavang.
Take Labuwan as an example, we have strived to help indigenous communities affected by 2009 Typhoon Morakot build resilience through participatory action research. To address the challenges that the communities faced, we worked with community members and gain access to resources and knowledge to develop sustainable community-based agroforestry and ecotourism practices. The promotion of these practices not only revives local knowledge and wisdom but also increases the communities’ food self-sufficiency and improves their livelihoods and well-being. We provide various kinds of products, such as Labuwan Forest Chicken, Labuwan Fresh Eggs, Angelica, and Labuwan Fresh Mushrooms. They are well sold on the market and most importantly, are very beneficial to the environment and economy of local communities.
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