Taipei as an ecological destination

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Re: Taipei as an ecological destination

Postby finley » 18 Feb 2012, 13:00

I disagree that there is no consideration of pollution sources. Part of the cleanup of the Keelung (Jilong) (Jilong) involved shutting down hog farms about 10 years ago. Had a major impact. I also see lots of work further up the river to stop little towns from dumping untreated sewage into the river. The Keelung (Jilong) (Jilong) is much cleaner now upstream.

I'm sure they are, but my point was it's easier to prevent new sources from ever happening than the eliminate old ones, especially if the new ones are springing up faster than you shut down the others. In fact the old ones are not necessarily a problem - in the case of hog manure, for example, it would have been far better to simply tell the farmers to dispose of it properly, perhaps with a bioreactor on-site and ultimate disposal on farmland. As it is, they've probably just gone off into the hills where nobody can see what they're dumping where. Pig farms don't just evaporate.

Yeah, I know I'm being skeptical again, but I've never seen any government care about what happens ten years after they've been elected out of office.
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Re: Taipei as an ecological destination

Postby Fox » 18 Feb 2012, 17:09

Chris wrote:
Muzha Man wrote:
Fox wrote:...If they cleaned the Keelung (Jilong) (Jilong) (Jilong) and Danshwei, it would help their boast no end. Those rivers are shameful and there is really no acceptable justification for it in modern Taipei.


The gov has been cleaning up both rivers for over a decade and the results are good, though much work still needs to be done on the New Jack side. I don't know why so many people keep writing as if the problem of polluted rivers is completely ignored and no one but us oversensitive waiguos see it as a problem. It's been a major policy initiative for years. It's not simply blather either (though obviously some is) as Taipei wants/needs to keep developing the riversides for recreation and also housing.

Having first come to Taiwan in 1990, I can attest that the river, air, litter and traffic conditions have improved immensely over the last two decades. The gummint has done amazing work so far in this area, and they take it seriously. Taipei, and Taiwan as a whole, is a far cleaner and more liveable place than before.

That's not to say that there's no room for improvement: there's still plenty of work that needs to be done.


I agree it is much better than in those days thanks mostly to the DPP; however, some rivers are still pretty bad. I'm just doing a documentary series on Taiwan's rivers as a submission to the Cannes film festival. It is really about fish species, but of course covers the rivers. I think the upstream river systems probably aren't too bad but the Keelung (Jilong) and Danshwei while better are still filthy. Apparently at the Cannes film festival movies are judged by clapping and/or the slapping of spring-back chairs. Mine will be a cacophony of the latter.
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