Ecological restoration of Chihsingtan Protection Forest

Jin-Yi Lin
Published: 31 August 2023
Last edited: 31 August 2023
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Summary

The construction of tourist facilities and trails showcasing the scenic coast of Chihsingtan has caused a significant area loss of its protective forest. In response, the Chihsingtan Community Development Association has taken a series of measures to ecologically restore the forest, bolster its climate resilience, and raise awareness. A dedicated patrol team was established to combat the proliferation of the invasive plant Leucaena leucocephala. A portion of the plants were cut down, and their stumps were treated with a mixture of rock salt and water, then sealed with plastic bags. Next, fast-growing native trees, such as Calophyllum inophyllum and Pittosporum pentandrum, were introduced to encourage biodiversity through ecological succession. Additionally, the aging of Pandanus odorifer was addressed by planting new sprouts amidst the older trees, thereby enhancing soil fixation capability. Lastly, instructors have been engaged to educate the community about the significance of protection forests and the marine environment.

Classifications

Region
East Asia
Scale of implementation
Local
Ecosystem
Beach
Marine and coastal ecosystems
Theme
Disaster risk reduction
Erosion prevention
Fisheries and aquaculture
Forest Management
Invasive alien species
Local actors
Marine litter
Pollution
Restoration
Species management
Sustainable livelihoods
Tourism
Traditional knowledge
Waste management
Species Conservation and One Health Interventions
Species Status Assessment
Species Monitoring and Research
Invasive Species Management/Removal
Species Intensive Management (in situ or ex situ)
Risk communication, community engagement and behaviour change
Challenges
Erosion
Invasive species
Pollution (incl. eutrophication and litter)
Sustainable development goals
SDG 11 – Sustainable cities and communities
SDG 14 – Life below water
SDG 15 – Life on land
SDG 17 – Partnerships for the goals
Aichi targets
Target 1: Awareness of biodiversity increased
Target 8: Pollution reduced
Target 9: Invasive alien species prevented and controlled
Target 15: Ecosystem restoration and resilience
Target 17: Biodiversity strategies and action plans
Target 18: Traditional knowledge
Target 19: Sharing information and knowledge

Location

Chihsingtan, Hualien County, Taiwan

Impacts

In 2022, the Chihsingtan Community Development Association dedicated 400 hours on ecological restoration and monitoring for the protective forest. Their commitment translated into plant counts, ecomaps, and the removal of 117 Leucaena leucocephala plants, with each stump treated with rock salt for thorough eradication. The forest was further fortified through the introduction of 400 Pandanus odorifer seeds and seedlings, coupled with the integration of 300 robust plants.

The patrol team's vigilant forest visits have proved to be an effective safeguard against potential harm, as the damage has been lessened. Positioned along the coastal fringe, the Chihsingtan protective forest is a seamless connection between land and sea, with the patrol team's endeavors benefitting both realms.

Beyond the forest's edge, the Association actively tackled wind-blown debris, fostering collaborations with neighboring elementary schools for beach clean-up initiatives. These efforts fostered a heightened sense of awareness about plastic reduction, prompting the voluntary establishment and nurturing of an eco-friendly haven.

Looking ahead, the Association envisions a horizon adorned with native nectar source plants, a testament to their unwavering commitment to enhancing biodiversity.

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Li-Chuan Weng Forestry and Nature Conservation Agency