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Minister of Ministry of the Interior CHEN, WEI-JEN inaugurated the opening ceremony of South Penghu Marine National Park on October 18th, which symbolized the management business of National Park field had officially launched. It not only highlights Taiwanese Government’s high regard for the protection and sustainability of marine resources, but also demonstrates the Government’s determination of marine ecology conservation and development of marine environmental education.

“South Penghu Marine National Park” was launched on June 8th, 2014 as the 9th National Park in Taiwan. The sea and terrestrial area is more than 35 thousand hectares, which is composed of Dongjiyu, Sijiyu, Dongyuping, Siyuping, 9 island reefs and peripheral sea area. The National Park will work on “Donjiyu and Sijiyu”- and “Dongyuping and Siyping”-oriented dual core areas, i.e. not only design a Visitor Information Center in Dongjiyu, but also establish a ”Yu-ping Visitor Center” in Dongyuping. So the combination of design and conservation will broaden the eco-tourism activities and increase community benefits. In addition, based on the principles of reasonable management and sustainable utilization, the Park will be designed as “cultural and ecological” pilot islands in order to create multi-wins situations such as “resource conservation”, “local rights” and “area development” and enhance the overall environment and socioeconomic development for the four islets in South Penghu.

The opening ceremonies were hosted on October 18th at Dongji-yu and Yu-ping Visitor Centers, respectively. Minister of Ministry of the Interior CHEN, WEI-JEN inaugurated the Park; the ceremony was simple but grand. Remarks by Minister CHEN, WEI-JEN demonstrated that Taiwan is surrounded by the sea and is closely related to the ocean. At present, the designation of marine protected area is the most effective way recognized internationally to protect the marine environment and conserve marine resources. The establishment of “South Penghu Marine National Park” displayed a big step forward of Taiwan toward sustainable marine management.

The business management of South Penghu Marine National Park emphasizes“resource conservation”,thus we use the concepts of“genetic resource information bank”to enrich ecology and mainly aim at establishing an“environment educational platform”.In the short term, we will focus on resource conservation and plan for environment-friendly facility construction. Relevant traffic information and tourists precautions will be posted on the theme network of South Penghu Marine National Park . Hopefully, by reminding tourists a more natural and conservative way to experience tourism, it can avoid the burden of the islands, and thus make the scattered islands pearls in the Taiwan Strait more beautiful!

Dongji-yu VisitorInformation Center unveiling ceremony and group photo (Start from left:Director of Marine National Park Headquarters YANG, MO-LIN, Research Fellow ofBiodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica CHENG, MING-HSIU, Minister ofConstruction and Planning Agency, Ministry of the Interior TSENG, TA-JEN,County Governor of Penghu County Government WANG, CHIEN-FA, Minister ofMinistry of the Interior CHEN, WEI-JEN, Member of the Legislative Yuan CHIU,WEN-YEN, General Commander of the 7th Special Police Corps. HUANG,CHING-FU, General Commander of Coast Patrol Corps 7, Southern Coastal PatrolCHAO, YUNG-FENG, Village Head of Dongji-yu HSU, SHUN-LUNG)

Dongji-yu Visitor Information Center unveiling ceremony and group photo (Start from left: Director of Marine National Park Headquarters YANG, MO-LIN, Research Fellow of Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica CHENG, MING-HSIU, Minister of Construction and Planning Agency, Ministry of the Interior TSENG, TA-JEN, County Governor of Penghu County Government WANG, CHIEN-FA, Minister of Ministry of the Interior CHEN, WEI-JEN, Member of the Legislative Yuan CHIU, WEN-YEN, General Commander of the 7th Special Police Corps. HUANG, CHING-FU, General Commander of Coast Patrol Corps 7, Southern Coastal Patrol CHAO, YUNG-FENG, Village Head of Dongji-yu HSU, SHUN-LUNG)

Minister of Ministry of the Interior CHEN, WEI-JEN (left 3), County Governor of Penghu County Government WANG, CHIEN-FA (right 3) and participating VIP unveiled the plaque of Yu-ping Visitor Center.

Minister of Ministry of the Interior CHEN, WEI-JEN (left 3), County Governor of Penghu County Government WANG, CHIEN-FA (right 3) and participating VIP unveiled the plaque of Yu-ping Visitor Center.
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