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Civic groups help Forestry Bureau preserve coastline

HELPING HANDS:Two foundations have started sand-control work, to help stop extreme erosion of the coastline and keep the sand from moving inland

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

The Forestry Bureau yesterday said it has completed planting 725 hectares of windbreak forests and will set up sand-control hedges that extend 1,800 hectares with the help of two civic groups.

The effects of global climate change are drastic and typhoons or heavy rain can erode Taiwan’s coastline, so setting up sand-control hedges can prevent the sand from being blown away and help maintain the coastline, Forestry Bureau Deputy Director-General Yang Hung-chih (楊宏志) said.

The first step in creating windbreak forests is to fix the sand, which includes setting up and controlling hedges to block flying sand and keep the sand from moving inland, and then planting herbaceous plants to help keep the sand in place, the bureau said. Trees are later planted in windbreak fences to help reduce the environmental impact of monsoon winds, sea mist or flying sand, he said.

Since the bureau took charge of the national windbreak forests in 2003, a total of 725 hectares of new windbreak forests have been planted, 730 hectares of aged forests have been renewed and 1,455 hectares of sand-control hedges have been established.

However, Yang said, the government’s budget is limited so the job of protecting Taiwan’s coastline also needs help from civic groups and the business sector.

He said Seven Star Eco-Conservation Foundation and Nan Shan Life Charity Foundation have adopted setting up sand-control facilities in three areas along Taiwan’s western coastline — a total of 1,800 hectares in length.

The areas scheduled for sand-fixing are the beach at Laumei Park (老梅公園) in New Taipei City (新北市), the beach near Lungfung Port (龍鳳港) in Hsinchu County and the beach at Jiupeng (九棚) in Pingtung County.

Creating windbreaks:

‧ Plant hedges to fix sand, preventing it from being blown away.

‧ Plant trees to help reduce the impact of monsoon winds and sea mist.

source: Forestry bureau


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