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Aug 31,2020
Terry Gou Visited South Penghu and Found Its Beauty MemorablePenghu Daily gave a brief report: "On July 26, Terry Gou and his group took a yacht to visit the South Penghu Marine National Park and enjoy the beauty of the ocean... After finding out that Xiji Island is uninhabited and has an area of about 90 hectares, Gou thought that Xiji Island... is very suitable for building an 18-hole golf course, a helipad, a resort hotel, and a yacht harbor. The island can be transformed into a 'Honeymoon Island'. If the Penghu County Government agrees to lease Xiji Island for 50 years, he is willing to invest into its development." Located in the Core Area of the Ecosystem, Xiji Island Contains Marine DiversityThe Marine National Park Headquarters (MNPH) said that the Ministry of Interior announced the establishment of the South Penghu Marine National Park on June 8, 2014, which aims to conserve the basalt geological landscape, coral reef marine ecosystem, the culture and history of the Taiwan Strait, and the fishery resources gene bank. Xiji Island is located in the core area of the South Penghu Marine National Park ecosystem. After the National Park Service Station and the police unit were stationed in the park, the marine conservation and inspection and law enforcement work were strengthened to effectively protect the environment and ecosystem, as well as increase the fishery resources in the surrounding waters. It has been 42 years since the residents were relocated from Xiji Island in 1978, and since there has been no human interference for a long period of time, the area has stood still like a time capsule, steadily preserving the marine culture and settlement of the past. In particular, the basalt landscape on the north shore of Xiji Island offers a majestic and unique view, and the highlight on many tourists' itinerary is the sea cave known as Blue Cave. Controlled Island Visit Management to Maintain Environmental Resources and Human LandscapeTo protect the basalt landscape on Xiji Island, the Penghu County Government announced the "Penghu South Sea Columnar Basalt Nature Reserve"(Dongji Island, Xiji Island, Toujin, and Tiezhan) according to the "Cultural Heritage Preservation Act" in 2008. Members of the public are required to apply for a permit from the Penghu County Government to enter the island. In addition, in order to protect the natural environment and the safety of tourists, the MNPH will be adhering to Article 4 of "Prohibited Activities Regulations in the Domain of South Penghu Marine National Park": "It is prohibited for personnel, ships, or other vehicles to pull into the shore, sea grooves, sea caves, or coast of the Special Landscape Area without the permission of the MNPH." Therefore, members of the public who wish to conduct environmental education activities on the island must first apply for a permit with the MNPH. Xiji Island has been under long-term entry control to reduce unnecessary human interference, in order to maintain the ecosystem and unique cultural landscape of the land and marine environment. Xiji Island is an Excellent Marine Environmental Education LocationThe MNPH is now working with the Penghu County Government and the villagers of Xiji Island to discuss how to preserve the local natural and cultural resources, as well as to plan the development of Xiji Island and the surrounding waters into a high-quality marine environmental education area. In the future, the development of the communities in South Penghu will be integrated. Focusing on the residents of South Penghu, local marine and land tour guides and related service personnel will be trained through the establishment of a relevant management system, to provide visitors with in-depth introduction on the history and culture of Xiji Island, as well as the distinctive features of the sea and land environment. Visitors will be offered a unique leisure experience that will achieve the goals of promoting marine environmental education and community revitalization. National Parks are Public Assets that Should be Sustainably Conserved for People's Recreation, Education, and ResearchNational parks are established to sustainably conserve special landscapes and ecosystems of the country, preserve biodiversity and cultural diversity, and provide recreation, education, and research opportunities for the people. The operation and management of the national parks should make proper use of the rich cultural educational legacy of its natural and cultural environment, and cultivate the people's cultural identity and love for nature, which should be protected and preserved by the state over the long term. Most of Xiji Island and its surrounding waters have been designated as Special Landscape Areas of the National Park, containing natural geological landscapes that cannot be artificially re-created. In the future, the preservation and maintenance of the natural environment and landscape resources will continue to be the goal. Therefore, any unnecessary addition of man-made facilities or buildings, or alteration of the original ecosystem and landscape should be avoided as much as possible. The long-term lease for the private development of golf courses and resort hotels for use as a "Honeymoon Island" is not in line with Xiji Island's resource characteristics and development objective. The MNPH is grateful to Chairman Terry Gou for recognizing the beauty of the National Park. However, facing the threats of environmental changes and the extreme climate change, it is imperative to maintain the marine ecosystem, natural resources, and cultural landscape to ensure that the wonders of the National Park can be enjoyed by all. Under proper management, the important natural and cultural resources of South Penghu can be properly preserved, maintained, and developed in a sustainable manner.

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A:According to the studies and the suggestions from many professionals, the marine ecology around Dongsha island had been damaged by the illegal fishing, and the reefs and biology inside the atoll was lost about 70% to 90%. Because Dongsha island belongs to the military control zone, it does not have enough tourist facilities. In 2004, the Executive Yuan approved “the Dongsha Atoll National Park Project.” The priority of the project is to restore and conserve the marine ecology in Dongsha area, and then to evaluate the possibility for the eco-tour and environmental education in the future. The Dongsha Atoll National Park is not open for the tourism currently due to the ecological studies, environmental restoration and safety management in the Dongsha area.
A:The design of the logo is based of the letter M, and the Chinese calligraphic texture is applied to represent the waves of the ocean. It also symbolizes the energy of the marine ecology with the visual contrast between light blue and white. A pattern blends in the water colour also represents a rich oceanic resource.
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