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Mayor Chen Chu, Kaohsiung officials sign wetland pact

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊), several Kaohsiung City Government officials and representatives from a local environmental group yesterday jointly signed a public declaration publicizing their determination to preserve the city's wetlands.

By signing the declaration, Chen said she was reinforcing a campaign promise to complete a project that will connect Kaohsiung's wetlands to form a green wetland corridor.

The public signing was held by the city government's Maintenance Office of Public Works Bureau at the Chouchai Wetland (洲仔濕地) in Zuoying District (左營). The event marked World Wetland Day, which fell on Friday.

The bureau said that through the city government's efforts to purify its rivers, Kaohsiung residents can now enjoy a dialogue with nature at the city's many wetland parks.

Director-General Yang Ming-chou (楊明州) said Kaohsiung's wetlands had almost formed a north-south corridor in western Kaohsiung and had attracted many species of birds.

Visitors can take an ecotour around the wetland parks and appreciate the ecological beauty under the guidance of Wetlands Taiwan, he said.

There are currently five major wetland parks in Kaohsiung: the Neiweipi Cultural Park (內惟埤文化公園, in which the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts is located), the Chouchai Wetland, the newly established Banping Lake Wetland Park (半屏湖濕地公園), the flood storage pond of Benhe Village (本和) and the Coast of Yuanjhonggang (援中港).

Most of the wetland parks are located in the city's Sanmin (三民), Zuoying and Nantzu (楠梓) districts.

Visitors planning a weekday trip to the Chouchai Wetland park must file an application to the office seven days in advance. No advance application is required every second weekend, officials said.

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