Taipei, Feb. 6 (CNA) The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) on Tuesday introduced an EMU800 commuter train decorated with animals indigenous to the "satoyama," a Japanese term that means the area between mountains and arable land, as part of a program to promote biodiversity in Taiwan.
The train, one of 43 commuter trains owned by the TRA, has eight carriages, each one decorated with a different species from satoyama areas of Taiwan: African grass owl, leopard cat, Chinese box turtle, Johns' frog, paradise fish, crab-eating mongoose, greater painted-snipe and pangolin.
Inside the train, there will be videos on ecology and biodiversity in Taiwan, as well as posters with information on the eight animals, the TRA said.
The train will start operating on the West Coast Line on Feb. 8, and will run throughout 2018, according to the TRA.
However, because of the changeable schedule, the TRA is unable to offer a fixed schedule for passenger-fans.
At present, the train's schedule to Feb. 13 is available and anyone interested should go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/402292343545674.
The TRA said the project with the Forestry Bureau seeks to promote not only wildlife conservation but also areas under human influence, a key focus of the Satoyama Initiative which seeks to promote "societies in harmony with nature."
The initiative, which was launched jointly by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan and the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, promotes positive human-nature relationships.
The initiative was introduced at the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2010. International participation has so far involved 220 member organizations, including Taiwan's Forestry Bureau.