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December 2008

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Adapt to nature and Live with it - Director-general Shih-wen Yeh on Energy Saving and its Prospect

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The gabled roofs of nanhu Shelter can reduce the damage from accumulated snow.
Energy saving and CO2 reduction have been hot topics in recent years and are among the primary policies of the government. Much attention has been paid to how director-general Shih-wen Yeh will address the issue of energy saving after he assumed office in CPA, which administers two “national land laws.” Yeh has his insight; he does not talk about rigid theories or cold figures, but “adaptation to nature,” on which he expects his team to base their business advances.
A fervent mountain climber since his early youthhood, Yeh feels deeply connected with this land. As global climate change keeps posing strict challenges to the land, the execution of nature conservation becomes an urgent priority for CPA, and the national parks are especially pivotal in national land management. What should be done as a permanent cure is to protect the forest protection axis, which includes Shei-pa, Taroko, Yushan, and Magao, from over exploitation and let the earth recuperate.
Carrying Out the Belief on Mountains
Besides, it is a foresight to educate the frontline employees in national parks with such knowledge as energy saving, green building and ecological engineering. In this way, both the planning of future constructions and the improvement of current ones will have a solid, eco-friendly basis.
Yeh took the Taroko people of Buluowan for example. Due to its special geographical location, Buluowan suffers from cyclones whenever there is a typhoon coming in from Liwu River. However, “they do not strain to build stronger houses, but seek fast restoration after typhoons. They fell bamboos nearby to repair the damaged houses, which does not impair the beauty of the mountains. In contrast, the construction materials for Nan-hu Cirques shelters were all delivered by helicopters. This was energy-consuming! If we'd used slates nearby, we could have saved and would save much energy both before and after the construction.”
A greener shelter can also be built with modern engineering methods, such as collecting and reusing rain water or reducing architectural wastes.
  • upper: The gabled roofs of nanhu Shelter can reduce the damage from accumulated snow. / by Jin-yuan Dai

Interview & Text/ Wan-ching Lai
Translator/ James Chang
Photographer/ Li-siang Zeng、Wan-ching Lai、Jin-yuan Dai、Li-yong Lyu

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