Education & Promotion
Cooperative Interactions
Nature Conservation
Consulting Services

■ Nature Conservation
▎The Birth of Guandu Nature Park
  After detailed planning of the Guandu Nature Park in 1988, the Department of Economic Development of Taipei City Government followed administrative procedures and initiated the project by expropriating the land. However, because the entire project of developing the Guandu Plain was very controversial, it was shelved. Due to a lack of management, the wetland was always covered with garbage and waste soil and was being seriously dograded. In order to save the most important area of wetlands in northern Taiwan, the WBST originated a series of actions to urge the establishment of Guandu Nature Park. First of all, we pleaded with the current mayor at that time and he promised to prioritize the construction of the nature park (1991). We next initiated a movement to collect 10,000 signatures for Guandu in 1994 and also gained the support from the three candidates for Taipei City mayor. When the new Taipei City mayor was elected, the WBST urged him to draw up a special budget of NT$15 billion for land expropriation, which was sent to the Taipei City Council for examination in 1995. During this period of time, the WBST began large-scale lobbying and finally gained the support of most of the city councilors to pass the budget. The construction of the Guandu Nature Park was eventually finalized because of WBST’s efforts for so many years. During the birth of Guandu Nature Park, WBST, officials of the City Government, and Taipei City councilors built up positive interaction patterns. This is one of the basic concepts for managing nature parks in the future.
▎Establishment of the Hua-Jiang Waterfowl Park
  The WBST has conducted a long-term survey of bird resources in the Danshui River and found that the number of waterfowl between the Chung-Xin and Hua-Jiang Bridges was increasing and spreading upstream. The WBST therefore suggested to the Department of Economic Development of the Taipei City Government and Council of Agriculture of the Executive Yuan that the wild bird reserve be exteaded to the Hua-Jung Bridge so that the habitat could be fully protected. Meanwhile, in order to provide space for the general public to get close to the river and watch birds, the WBST also suggested and helped the City Government establish the Hua-Jiang Waterfowl Park. WBST‘s experiences in improving wild bird habitat and constructing birdwatching facilities laid a solid foundation for the future management of the Guandu Nature Park.
▎Training Programs
  The WBST has cooperated with the Department of Economic Development and Department of Education of the Taipei City Government, Council of Agriculture of the Executive Yuan, and the judiciary in conducting the following training programs: “Training Class for Ecology and Conservation Officials”, “ Camp of Bird Ecology and Conservation for Teachers”, “Camp of Ecology and Conservation for Officials of the Judiciary”, “International Wetland Management and Administration Conference”, “Camp of Ecology and Conservation for Hiking Guides in Northern Taiwan”, etc. We aim to train professionals of all fields in an effort to popularize the concept of environmental protection and promote conservation projects.
■ Management of Nature Reserves
▎Guandu Nature Park
  Since November 2001, commissioned by the Department of Economic Development of Taipei City Government, the WBST has been managing the first nature park of Taiwan, Guandu Nature Park. Based on our past experiences (nature conservation, research, surveys,
environmental education, academic interaction, publications, bird rescue, and consulting services), we hope to focus on both care for nature and professional recreation and education. Furthermore, we hope to enhance the Park’s functions of social education and recreation. In the future, the Park’s operation will be more multifunctional and professional and therefore will be the model for the management of nature parks in Taiwan.
▎Zhishan Cultural and Ecological Garden
  Since December 2003, commissioned by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government, the WBST has been managing the Zhishan Cultural and Ecological Garden, which is located in downtown Taipei. It used to be a reserved forest during the Japanese colonial period, so it still contains abundant natural ecology. Situated on a small hill at the foot of Yanmingshan, it is viewed as the epitome of the Taipei Basin in terms of its geology, liberal arts, and natural resources. The WBST will start from a boarder perspective to provide a venue of natural education for local communities, conservation groups, and schools.