The Ecotourism of Reservoirs Drives Habitat Conservation and Ancient Tree Protection

Yen-Shau Lin
Publicado: 10 Julio 2023
Última edición: 10 Julio 2023
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The Hushan Reservoir, constructed since 2001 at the western foot of the Douliu Hills, negatively impacted the local low-altitude forest gene pool and the habitats of endangered species such as the Pitta nympha and Cuora flavomarginata, prompting conservation measures. From 2007 to 2015, the Endemic Species Research Institute conducted ecological surveys in the reservoir and its surrounding forests. Special attention was given to the relocation conservation and research of the Class I protected species, Cuora flavomarginata. The Hushan Reservoir Cultural and Ecological Conservation Association was formed during the construction phase and has collaborated with government agencies since 2009, engaging youth and elders in community-building initiatives. These activities included long-term ecological resource surveys, local patrols, tracking studies on released Cuora flavomarginata and the preservation of ancient trees. The solution succeeded in promoting local industry development and enhancing eco-tourism within the reservoir.


Asia del Este
Scale of implementation
Ecosistemas de agua dulce
Piscina, lago, estanque
Actores locales
Ciencia y investigación
Especies y la extinción
Gestión y planificación de áreas protegidas y conservadas
Manejo de cuencas
Servicios ecosistémicos
Species Conservation and One Health Interventions
Evaluación del estado de las especies
Seguimiento e investigación de especies
Manejo intensivo de especies (in situ o ex situ)
Traslados de conservación de especies
Planificación de la conservación de especies
Comunicación de riesgos, participación de la comunidad y cambio de comportamiento
One Health
Sanidad animal
Buena gobernanza territorial
Usos conflictivos / impactos acumulativos
Cambios en el contexto socio-cultural
Sustainable development goals
ODS 8 - Trabajo decente y crecimiento económico
ODS 11 - Ciudades y comunidades sostenibles
ODS 15 - Vida de ecosistemas terrestres
ODS 17 - Alianzas para lograr los objetivos
Aichi targets
Meta 1: Aumento de la sensibilization sobre la biodiversidad
Meta 2: Valores de biodiversidad integrados
Meta 5: Pérdida de hábitat reducida a la mitad o reducida
Meta 14: Los servicios ecosistemicos
Meta 15: Restauración de ecosistemas y resiliencia
Meta 19: Intercambio de información y conocimiento


Douliu City, Yunlin County, Taiwan


The Hushan Reservoir Cultural and Ecological Conservation Association, in collaboration with the government resources, engaged in various ecological conservation projects, serving as a guardian of both local culture and ecosystems. Since 2009, they have recorded 18 mammal species, 24 bird species, 16 amphibian species, and 9 fish and crustacean species in the Hushan Reservoir and its surrounding areas. In 2022, they partnered with the Endemic Species Research Institute to conduct tracking studies on released Cuora flavomarginata and trained over 30 residents as community tour guides. They promoted activities such as tree climbing, community-based processing of local products, and ecological nighttime observations, resulting in an annual increase of 1,500 visitors. Additionally, they collaborated with three nearby schools and educated nearly 500 children on environmental topics. In recent years, they have trained nine local tree climbing instructors through tree climbing activities and preserved ten ancient trees as a part of environmental education training. With a focus on developing community-based ecotourism, the association aims to attract young people back to the area and create a vision of coexistence between humans and the environment.

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Li-Chuan Weng Forestry and Nature Conservation Agency