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Taiwan shares forestation experiences ahead of Rio+20 conference

2012/06/18 18:26:13

Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 17 (CNA) Taiwanese delegates shared the nation's experiences in reforestation after devastating Typhoon Morakot in 2009 at a side event ahead of the June 20-22 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.

At the seminar organized by Taiwan, titled "Forests, Livelihoods, and Green Economy," Yeh Shin-cheng, deputy head of the Environmental Protection Administration, talked about Taiwan's forest management since August 2009, when heavy rains triggered by Typhoon Morakot caused floods and landslides.

The seminar marked the first time for Taiwan to organize a side event at the UNCSD, Yeh said, adding that most of the attendees were international dignitaries, which showed the issues discussed raised great attention and that the publicity of the event was successful.

Hsieh Ying-shih, chairman of Taiwan's Environmental Quality Protection Foundation, gave a speech on sustainable forest management in Taiwan and Lin Hsiu-fang, deputy secretary-general of the Red Cross Society of Taiwan, talked about forests and humanitarian aid.

Marco Jonathan Lainez Ordonez, subsecretary of the secretariat of natural resources and environment in Honduras, and Hector Velasco-Perroni, a legal expert with the Rome-based intergovernmental group International Development Law Organization, were among the attendees.

The 2012 UNCSD, which attracts more than 190 country leaders and representatives, is also known as Rio+20 because it took place 20 years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

(By Tang Ya-lin and Jamie Wang)