Taiwan renews participation in global science, education program
Sep 10, 2018AthleticComments Off on Taiwan renews participation in global science, education program
Taipei, Taiwan and the United States have signed an agreement renewing Taiwan's participation in an international science and education program, according to a press release issued Monday by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT).
The program is aimed at cultivating environmental stewardship, fostering intercultural understanding and facilitating scientific exchanges, the press release said.
The agreement to participate in the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program for another five years was signed Aug. 14 by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S. and AIT.
According to GLOBE's website, the program, which was launched by the U.S. in 1994, provides students and the public around the world with the opportunity to participate in data collection and scientific processes, to allow them to contribute meaningfully to the understanding of planet Earth and the global environment.
Taiwan, an active contributor to the worldwide community of 120 participating countries, joined the program in 2013, the press release said, adding that Taiwan has hosted international conferences, in addition to bringing in students from India, Thailand, the Philippines, Mongolia and Malaysia to collaborate on events.
Also recognized by fellow members for its contribution of data to the GLOBE scientific community, Taiwan was the sixth- and third- largest contributor in 2015 and 2016, respectively, according to the press release.
GLOBE Chairman Tony Murphy expressed hope that Taiwan can serve as a role model for the Indo-Pacific Region due to the country's "robust contributions," the press release noted.
Comments Off on Taipei-Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau is promoting mountain tourism at the 4-day Taipei International Travel Fair that began Friday.
The bureau is focusing on five north-south mountain ranges — the Central Mountain, Xueshan, Yushan, Alishan and the Coastal Mountain ranges — in its pavilion at the fair, said bureau Deputy Director-General Chang Shi-chung (???).
Chang said there will be various exhibitions and forums on the mountains of Taiwan, as well as its unique cultural features such as historic trails and aboriginal lifestyles.
Taiwan is preparing to market 2020 as the Year of Mountain Tourism, after its efforts to position the country as an important international mountaineering destination in July, when the government allowed public access to the island’s national parks.
Previously, people who wanted to visit restricted “ecological protected areas” in Taiwan’s national parks had to apply for permits from both the National Police Agency and the Construction and Planning Agency.
Now, however, the Construction and Planning Agency has launched a new mountain permit application portal that requires mountain visitors to apply for only one permit and provides fast-track processing to expedite applications, the bureau said.
Much of Taiwan is covered by mountains, and it has 268 mountains of over 3,000 meters, according to the Tourism Bureau website.
That environment has made hiking and mountain climbing one of the favorite pastimes of Taiwan residents.
The number of permits issued to Taiwanese citizens and foreign nationals for access to trails in Yushan, Taroko and Shei Pa national parks has risen from 153,736 in 2016 to 187,053 in 2017 and 201,526 in 2018, according to Construction and Planning Agency figures.
In 2018, foreign nationals accounted for 7.24 percent of the permits issued.
There will be around 1,700 booths from 60 countries at the fair, to be held Nov. 8-11 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center.
The fair, the largest of its kind in Taiwan, will feature South Korean and Japanese tourism operators amid growing local interest in travel to those countries.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel