Chinese park to sign accord
A national park in Greater Tainan is set to sign a cooperation agreement with a nature reserve in China, which will mark the first time that the two sides have worked together on conserving internationally recognized wetlands, a park official said. Leu Teng-yuan (呂登元), director of the Taijiang National Park Headquarters, confirmed yesterday he and a delegation are scheduled to depart for Shanghai on Tuesday to sign the agreement with the city’s Chongming Dongtan Birds National Nature Reserve the following day. The cooperation agreement will focus on banding migratory birds, strengthening wetlands conservation and restoration projects, as well as building an information exchange platform. Taijiang’s famed Cigu (七股) and Sihcao (四草) wetlands are among Taiwan’s most important migration sites of the endangered black-faced spoonbill.
Bill looks to cut reward
Lawmakers on the legislature’s Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee passed a preliminary review of a draft amendment to the Civil Code yesterday that would lower the reward a person can receive when returning lost property. The amendment lowers the percentage from 30 percent to 10 percent of the property’s value and it also prohibits seeking a reward from disadvantaged families, including families with low incomes, recipients of emergency aid and victims of natural disasters. The amendments were introduced by legislators after an incident in December 2010 in which a National University of Kaohsiung law student found NT$21,000 (US$715) that had been lost by a single mother, surnamed Lee (李). The money was Lee’s living expenses for her whole family, but despite this, the law student still demanded 30 percent.