MOTC Minister Yeh arrived at Tainan Pheasant-tailed Jacana Eco-Educational Nature Park in the afternoon of Nov. 6, 2014 for review of BOHSR and THSRC pheasant-tailed jacana conservation efforts and also attended the BOHSR 5th Environment Educational Training. In this training, BOHSR honorably invited the well-known environmental conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall as the primary presenter. To acknowledge Dr. Goodall's promotion of the successful case of pheasant-tailed jacana conservation in Taiwan at several international occasions which brought global attention to Taiwan's environmental conversation work done via transport projects, Minister Yeh personally awarded Dr. Goodall with the 1st Trophy of Outstanding Conservation Contribution via Transport Construction Projects. The trophy was designed as a pheasant-tailed jacana by a domestic woodcarving expert, Mr. Lin-Ming Huang.
At age 80, Dr. Goodall still delivered an inspiring speech. She mentioned that the ecological life of the Environmental Park has grown continually since her first visit 10 years ago, and that the jacana conservation project continued to be a great success. She specifically acknowledged the THSRC Jacana Conservation Project to emphasize on the fact that construction and ecology can definitely coexist harmonically if the engineering organization is willing to put effort in environmental actions. Currently, the jacana population is continually increasing and local farmers are rightfully compensated with the convenience HSR has brought to the area hence creating a live and successful environment educational example for others to follow.
Subsequently in Minister Yeh's speech, he indicated that in the past 20 years, MOTC has put in great effort in environmental conservation actions and one of the most outstanding cases is the jacana conservation case in which the domestic population of pheasant-tailed jacanas has grown from less than 50 in 1999 to 600 dating today. In addition, MOTC has implemented environmental protection measures in domestic freeways, south-link highway and west coast country road constructions regarding conservation of butterflies (euploea mulciber), common pheasants and other endangering species. Consequently, MOTC has shown its sincerity in environmental protection and has proved the feasibility of coexistence between economic development and ecology conservation.
The 5th Environment Educational Training was cohosted by BOHSR and THSRC with 90 participants and EPA as an instructing party. The training sessions included Results of Environmental Measures in HSR Chiayi Station, Ecology and Historical Site Visits in Tsung-Yeh Arts and Cultural Center and Dao-Chiang Lagoon Story House, Ecological Training in Tainan Pheasant-tailed Jacana Eco-Educational Nature Park and Sessions on Environmental-Friendly Organic Farms. The training not only enhanced attendees' understanding of Tainan's ecological and historical beauty but also provided them the opportunity to admire Dr. Goodall's inspiring speech.