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Taiwan wetland gains international status as bird sanctuary (update)

Taiwan wetland gains international status as bird sanctuary (update)

Taipei, May 14 (CNA) A wetland area in southern Taiwan was recently listed by BirdLife International as one of the world's 12,000 Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs). The recognition of Jiading Wetland in Kaohsiung City by the world's largest partnership of conservation organizations brings the number of IBAs in Taiwan to 54, Council of Agriculture officials and conservationists said Thursday. The most valued aspect of the wetland area is that it hosts the black-faced spoonbill, an endangered species that overwinters in Taiwan, said Chiu Po-ying (???), a researcher at the Taipei-based Chinese Wild Bird Federation. The number of black-faced spoonbills recorded in the wetland in the 5 years from 2010-2014 was 5, 55, 56, 154 and 285, respectively, according to the federation. The 2014 figure was a record high, conservationists said, adding that the wetland is also home to more than 150 bird species, including the peregrine, osprey and Chinese egret. The increasing population of birds suggests that Taiwan is doing better in terms of wildlife protection, the council said. Also on Thursday, the federation published the latest edition of a book documenting wild bird habitats across Taiwan, 15 years after its first edition. Over 100 birders and experts spent 2013-2014 collecting bird data islandwide, keeping notes of the resources and challenges different IBAs are facing. The records are valuable in maintaining a wildlife database in Taiwan so that follow-up investigations in the years to come can be made possible, the federation said. Through periodic documentation, conservationists can better understand the birds' living environments and draw up better protection plans, it said. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-25 04:33 GMT+08:00