A picture tells more: "Satoyama Initiative: Taiwanese Case of Knowledge-Based Action" box set of picture books published by the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau (SWCB)
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How should human society live in harmony with nature? Rural villages can provide different perspectives and answers. The "Satoyama Initiative: Taiwanese Case of Knowledge-Based Action" box set of picture books published by the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau (SWCB) tells the stories and ideas of how four rural villages revived their SEPLES, with hand-drawn illustrations and touching texts. The book set, which is printed in Chinese, Japanese and English, was officially released on 12, December 2021.
The four picture books include "The Spring on the Highland" which depicts the journey of Gonglaoping community from stream improvement to the revival of local orange industry; "Farming village Co., Unlimited" which shows the empowered Gongrong community actively safeguard their environment and implement eco-friendly farming; "Letters the Blue Sea to the Land of Coastal Terrace" which demonstrates how Fuxin and Xinshe tribes value their indigenous culture and traditional knowledge of the elders; "Shining Herb Village" portrays how Shangde community, together with the youth and elders, restored local herb industry and rebuilt the eco-friendly economy.
Since 2017, the SWCB has shared 4 case studies with IPSI members around the world. These case studies are based on the achievement of the Rural Regeneration Program. This year, with the collaboration of other IPSI members in Taiwan, including the Forest Bureau, Hualien District Agricultural Research and Extension Station, National Dong-Hwa University, SWAN International and Taiwan Landscape Environment Association (TLEA), through the coordination of the SeeDesign Ltd. Co., the SWCB successfully released these beautiful picture books. It is our hope that the wonderful illustrations and simple, everyday words and phrases in the books will help the public better understand the "Satoyama Initiative" in Taiwan and worldwide.
The box set of picture books can be purchased at
會中亦邀請國際里山倡議夥伴關係網絡(The International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative, IPSI)秘書處副處長錄影致詞，柳谷牧子女士對於水保局對里山倡議的推廣與貢獻表達感謝，並對於里 山繪本的發行深具信心，相信能夠大幅提升世界對於里山倡議的認識。
Fig1: The storyteller shared the stories of four rural villages in the launching ceremony.
Fig2: Video speech by Ms. Makiko Yanagiya, Deputy Director of the Secretariat of the International Satoyama Initiative Partnership Network (IPSI).
Fig3:Group photo of SWCB Director Lee chen yang (left third), IPSI members, and leaders of these four rural villages.
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