Taipei, Participating members at the 14th World Congress of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World (MBBW) in Penghu County signed a joint declaration Friday to promote ocean sustainability and marine ecology.
The declaration urges the international community to take action against ocean pollution, and make global oceans more resilient in the face of the impact of climate change, according to the MBBW.
In his opening speech at the congress, Penghu County Magistrate Chen Guang-fu (???) said Taiwan is seizing every opportunity to collaborate with major stakeholders in minimizing the impact of tourism on natural resources and social systems.
Renowned for its rich ecological landscapes and unique marine culture, Penghu is working actively to promote green tourism as part of its sustainable development efforts, Chen said.
The annual congress will enable participants to experience the natural beauty of Penghu and see firsthand what can be achieved when economic planning is carried out based on the principles of sustainability, he said.
Phillip P. Reklai, chairman of the Palau Senate Committee on Maritime and Climate Change who attended the event's opening ceremony Friday, said Palau is a rich island paradise and home to one of the largest barrier reefs in the world.
Even Palau's ancestors knew the importance of biodiversity and that it is not easily replaceable or replicable, Reklai said.
Headquartered in Vannes, Central France, the MBBW is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1997 and supported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
MBBW members currently span 43 scenic bays in 25 countries, including Penghu bay in Taiwan, Mont Saint-Michel bay in France, and Yeosu bay in South Korea.
The annual meeting will feature a series of academic forums and expositions that run until Oct. 1.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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