Vice president outlines hope for green network

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(Photo courtesy of the Presidential Office)

(Photo courtesy of the Presidential Office)

Taipei, March 12 (CNA) Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) outlined on Sunday a long term plan for Taiwan to develop a network of green areas that will enable the country to better resist global warming.

Chen made his comments in Shimen District of New Taipei during a ceremony marking March 12 Arbor Day in Taiwan.

At the event the vice president planted a yedda hawthorn, a coastal arbor species endemic to the Shimen area, in a conservation forest that stretches along the coast of northern Taiwan.

The sapling is one of more than 10,000 endemic species the Forestry Bureau under the Council of Agriculture plans to plant in conservation forests around Taiwan this month, Chen said, noting that the tree planting campaign is intended to not just supplement existing forests but also extend the coastal greenbelt inland.

In the future the plan is to link these forests to wetlands and rivers to produce a green network across Taiwan, Chen said.

Such a network will be "Taiwan's most solid line of defense in the battle against global climate changes," he said.

According to Chen, Taiwan's efforts to expand forests has born fruit, with Forestry Bureau data showing forest coverage across the nation has increased from 58.53 percent in 1993 to 60.71 percent and 2.197 million hectares in 2015.

As a member of the Global Village, Taiwan seeks to halve its carbon emissions before 2030, Chen said, adding that the March tree planting program is part of the those ongoing efforts.

Taiwan's INDC (intended nationally determined contribution) target is to cut carbon emissions to 80 percent of their 2005 level by 2030 and to 50 percent of the 2005 level by 2050.

(By Sophia Yeh and Elizabeth Hsu)
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