Soil and Water Conservation
Promoting Regeneration of Rural Villages

Rural Regeneration

Rural Regeneration Act is the first time in the last century that farmers have been given the chance to be their own masters. The spirit and policy direction of the statue was based on the four ideas of: bottom-up, project-oriented, community autonomy, coordination of software and hardware, for the methodical 
implementation of village development. Over a 10-year period, a rural village regeneration fund of NT$150 billion has been earmarked to fund regeneration projects to meet the different needs of villages. This money will target 4,000 farming and fishing villages around the country, affecting 600,000 families. This will help break through the bottleneck in the development of rural villages, and serve as a basis for measures directed at production, culture, habitat and construction. This will be of direct benefit to the sustainable development and regeneration of villages. It will also help raise the quality of life and provide prosperous village life based on core values. 

The methods used for promoting village regeneration are based on the spirit of the Rural Regeneration Act. Local community groups and organizations will be expected to first complete village grassroots training, and come to a consensus about regeneration based on general discussion about the village’s needs. One of the organizations or groups involved should be nominated as the representative agency, who will be responsible for presenting regeneration plans for ratification by the municipal or county authorities. The plan should include environmental amelioration, construction of public facilities, reconstruction of freestanding residences, production activities, cultural conservation and use of cultural facilities, ecological conservation, and special development features. At the same time, the central government and various levels of local government need to draw up and approve the following: 1. directives on rural village regeneration, overall plan, annual action plan or district regeneration plan ; 2. plans for the maintenance and restoration of historic buildings or buildings and spaces with special features that can be integrated with neighboring sites of scenic interest; 3. preservation, promotion, and education about artifacts, cultural assets and traditional rural equipment; 4. surveys and analysis of data, improvement of production conditions and community facilities through planning and construction; 5. promotion recreational farming and rural tourism; 6. human resources training and information activities about regeneration for community planning, construction and sustainable development. All the above effort from local communities to the central government are required to ensure that rural village regeneration around the country can get off to a solid start.