Helping farmers to repair irrigation canals and bring back water changes the natural scenery, and it puts a smile on people’s faces when they share in public affairs. At the same time, the ridges and paths between fields help preserve water and prevent floods, and can help alleviate the negative effects of extreme weather. The contribution to the environment is regional and lasting.
The Forestry Bureau’s “Satoyama Taiwan” project brings us back down to the ground from the heights of Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above, documenting three cases of restored water terraces that have explored the integration of production, life, environment and actions in different areas.
After having seen Chi’s film, “Satoyama Taiwan” offers a solution, and the three “Satoyama” villages offer us a new way toward participation.
Seeing Taiwan suffer, restoring our homeland and preserving it for future generations: Any place in Taiwan could be another Satoyama and we can start the work right now.
Hochen Tan is a former chairman of Chunghwa Telecom and is chairman of the Taiwan Ecological Engineering Development Foundation.
Translated by Perry Svensson