Endangered Species Conservation and Patrol Project Launched in Xingfu Wetland

Jin-Yi Lin
Publié: 11 juillet 2023
Dernière modification: 11 juillet 2023
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Thirty years ago, Chishang Township’s (Taitung County, Taiwan) famous lunch boxes, Fanbaos, used to feature Aphyocypris kikuchii as a side dish, but their population declined due to habitat destruction and overbreeding of invasive species. In recent years, both the fish and the once-regionally-extinct Schoenus falcatus plant were rediscovered in the Xingfu wetland, inspiring the Taitung County Youth and Elderly Co-creation Social and Environmental Care Association to start their protection from 2019. The Association conducts hydrological surveys in the wetland and implements measures to monitor and protect it. They consult with professionals on the methods for invasive species elimination, train eco-tour guides, and encourage farmers to adopt the Satoyama spirit and transition to eco-friendly farming practices. To address the wetland's water level drop caused by earthquakes and droughts and endangering Aphyocypris kikuchii, the Association translocated the broodstock to artificial ponds for conservation purposes.


Asie de l'Est
Ampleur de la mise en œuvre
Zones humide (marécage, marais, tourbière)
Écosystèmes d'eau douce
Acteurs locaux
Braconnage et la criminalité environnementale
Espèces exotiques envahissantes
Gestion des espèces
Moyens d'existence durables
Science et recherche
Conservation des espèces et interventions axées sur l’approche « Une seule santé »
Évaluation du statut de l'espèce
Surveillance des espèces et recherche
Gestion/élimination des espèces envahissantes
Gestion intensive des espèces (in situ ou ex situ)
Translocations pour la conservation des espèces
Planification de la conservation des espèces
Communication des risques, engagement communautaire et changement de comportement
Mécanisme de coordination One Health
Une seule santé
Santé animale
Espèces envahissantes
Objectifs de développement durable
ODD 11 - Villes et communautés durables
ODD 15 - Vie terrestre
ODD 17 - Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
Objectifs d’Aichi
Objectif 5: Perte d'habitat réduite de moitié ou diminuée
Objectif 9: Espèces exotiques envahissantes évitées et contrôlées
Objectif 11: Aires protégées et conservées
Objectif 15: Restauration et la résilience des écosystèmes
Objectif 19: Partage de l'information et de la connaissance


Xingfu Wetland, Chishang Township, Taitung County, Taiwan


The Xingfu wetland is culturally significant to local residents, as it was once a site for fishing, hunting, grazing, and a ritual site for the indigenous Amis, which makes its protection even more important. Aphyocypris kikuchii has been successfully bred, with 500 individuals now present. Through environmental education initiatives and invasive species elimination events organized by the association during the annual Amis rituals, up to 60 kg of aquatic alien species have been successfully eliminated each year. The Association is also exploring various uses for alien plant species, including food, clothing, education, and entertainment. They also invite local elders to be trained as tour guides and develop eco-tourism activities. About 500 tourists participate in the environmental education tours each year.


As the wetland area is a highly popular tourist destination, the Association not only works to protect the wetland but also aims to educate local residents on how to identify invasive alien species by the means of Citizen Science Systematic Roadkill Surveys. The association is devoted to conserving native plants and animals, while also working to promote a harmonious relationship with nature and reviving Chishang Township's culture as a land of fish and rice.

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Li-Chuan Weng Forestry and Nature Conservation Agency