Southwest Coast National Scenic Area – Taiwan

Dancing with Water - Wetlands and Water Control

Kouhu Township along Taiwan’s west coast, traditionally an area of sugar cane farming, a very important source of wellness for the local population. In 1986, Typhoon Wayne led to major seawater intrusion. Due to decades-long land subsidence, the floodwaters did not recede. Now, it is a lagoon and wetland. Due to frequent flooding, there was loss of farmland, in addition to loss of jobs and income. After resolving the long-term flooding problem, the whole area was converted in an eco-friendly touristic attraction and water birds sensitivity area.

Keywords: eco-tourism; flooding; disaster management , wetlands, bird watching

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