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President lauds Taiwan's 'flora ark' initiative

President lauds Taiwan's 'flora ark' initiative

Taipei, May 2 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (???) lauded the achievements of a local botanic conservation center that aims to protect tropical and sub-tropical plants and sustain the rich biodiversity in the world during a visit to the facility Saturday. The Dr. Cecilia Koo Botanic Conservation Center was launched in January 2008 in the southern county of Pingtung. It has so far collected more than 26,000 tropical and sub-tropical plant species, making it the largest in Asia. In addition to focusing on botanic conservation, the center has also made efforts to conserve turtle and bird species. It now houses more than 200 turtles, as well as 331 bird species. Among them is a species called the "palace chicken," which is extinct in China but has been successfully bred in Taiwan. After touring the center, Ma said he was impressed by the center's achievements. Leslie Koo (???), chairman of the Taiwan Cement Corp., whose family set up the center, said they want to contribute to protecting the world's biodiversity and demonstrate Taiwan's soft power in the area of botanic conservation. Chen Chun-ming (???), a senior manager at the center, said that many of species in the center could previously only have been seen in books, but now they have come alive at the center, which he descried as a "dream garden." The center, based on the idea of establishing a "flora ark," was created with the support of Koo and his mother, Cecilia Koo (????), who provided farm property in Pingtung to establish the center. The center has a goal of collecting 30,000 tropical plant species from around the world by 2020. (By Kuo Chih-hsuan and Elaine Hou) EDNITEM/J


Updated : 2021-09-29 04:18 GMT+08:00