Soil and Water Conservation
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International Exchange

Faced with complex disasters which are hard to prepare against and in addition to domestic industrial-governmental-academic cooperation, the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau invites international experts and scholars to Taiwan on an irregular basis for technical exchange. The purpose is to inspire new thinking on soil and water conservation and slopeland disaster prevention as well as to share with international experts and scholars the Bureau’s achievements over the years in watershed conservation and management, debris flow monitoring, disaster prevention and response, and rural development. Taiwan is dedicated to reaching out to the world and increasing its visibility in the global soil and water conservation community. The Bureau hopes that by doing so, it can complete a holistic set of soil and water conservation strategies, improve sediment disaster prevention techniques, and accelerate the restoration of eroded soil. There were a total of 17 exchange activities between international personages and the Bureau in 2011. The details regarding the exchange activities are as follows:

  • Deputy director general Li Zhenyang led a delegation from the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau to Japan to discuss the challenges of deep collapse.
    Deputy director general Li Zhenyang led a delegation from the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau to Japan to discuss the challenges of deep collapse.
  • Italian scholars and the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau exchange image interpretation techniques.
    Italian scholars and the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau exchange image interpretation techniques.
International Exchange Activities
Theme Participant Location
Delegation of the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau went to Japan to exchange ideas regarding research on and countermeasures against deep collapse and for indoor discussion and on-the-spot inspection. Deputy director general Li Zhenyang and four others and the Japan SABO Association The University of Tokyo, Kagoshima, and Miyazaki
Exchange of satellite image interpretation techniques Two Italian scholars, professor Chang Kangcong from National Taiwan University, and professor Liu Zhengqian and professor Chang Zhihua from National Cheng Kung University. Response Conference Room of the Debris Flow Disaster Section of the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau
Thai delegation visited Taiwan to visit the Program for Preventing Landslide and Surface Erosion Five delegates of the survey group from the Land Development Department of the Thailand Department of Agriculture Shimen Reservoir Watershed, Pingding Community, Huashan Community, and Jiufen Ershan
Delegation from the Bureau of Disaster Prevention of the Brazilian Ministry of Regional Integration (Ministry of National Affairs) visited the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau and discussed issues such as monitoring, early warning, and evacuation mechanism related to debris flow disasters. Mr. Wernack Martins Carvalho of the Bureau of Disaster Prevention of the Brazilian Ministry of Regional Integration (Ministry of National Affairs) Response Conference Room of the Debris Flow Disaster Section of the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau
Trainees from the Geographic Information System and Land Management Workshop visited the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau and discussed issues such as the application of geographic information systems and remote sensing technology on environmental monitoring and debris flow disaster prevention 25 trainees from 20 counties from the International Center For Land Policy Studies And Training The 1st Conference Room of the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau
Trainees from the Land Policy and Sustainable Rural Development Workshop of the International Center for Land Policy Studies and Training visited the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau 29 trainees and team leaders from 24 countries from the International Center For Land Policy Studies And Training The Soil and Water Conservation Bureau and Seshui Community of Dayuan Village, Yuchi Township, Nantou County
Exchange of ideas concerning the application of cloud technology and satellite images to disaster prevention Research fellows Fausto Guzzetti and Alessandro Mondini from the National Research Council of Italy’s Research Institute for Hydrological and Geological Hazard Prevention visited the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau and exchanged ideas with professors Chang Kangcong, Chen Kunshan, and Liu Zhengqian Response Conference Room of the Debris Flow Disaster Section of the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau
Delegation from Sichuan Province attended the 2011 Cross-Strait Symposium on Sediment Disaster Impact Assessment and Mitigation Strategies and visited the 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan The governor of Sichuan Province and other experts and scholars The 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan in Jiufen Ershan
Trainees from the Agricultural Product Distribution and Rural Development (for Asia-Pacific and West Asian regions) Workshop of the International Cooperation and Development Fund visited a community in Yilan 27 trainees from multiple countries Zhongshan Community of Dongshan Township, Yilan County
Delegation of the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau went to Thailand to discuss soil and water conservation techniques and exchange ideas. Delegates also shared experiences regarding Taiwan’s soil and water conservation engineering, slopeland management, and disaster prevention and response measures. Representatives from the Land Development Department of Thailand Department of Agriculture and director general Sun of the Taipei Branch led a group of experts and scholars to the exchange program. Thailand
The Soil and Water Conservation Bureau invited experts and scholars from the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, and Japan to the “International Conference of Rural Regeneration” to share their successful experiences in rural regeneration. Topics addressed include rural economy, rural culture, and rural environment. Vice President Pierre Lconte of the Environmental Scientific Committee of the European Union and experts and scholars from the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, and Japan Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan
Participants of the Rural Policy and Rural Development Spanish Workshop visited the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau 10 government officials from Taiwan’s diplomatic allies The Soil and Water Conservation Bureau
The Soil and Water Conservation Bureau invited experts from Japan to a one-week technical exchange on sediment control techniques. In addition to the 2011 Taiwan-Japan Joint Forum on Sediment-related Disaster Prevention, visiting representatives from related ministries and departments also visited damaged areas along the Suao-Hualian Highway, soil and water conservation engineering facilities of Fengyikeng, Hualien, and debris flow observatories. Minister Minami Noriyuki of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism as well as other experts and scholars Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan; Central Geological Survey, Ministry of Economic Affairs; Suao-Hualian Highway; and Fengyikeng, Hualien
Vice-Director Fuchs from the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, and Professor Keiler from the University of Bern, Switzerland, visited the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau on September 2 and discussed slopeland disaster risk management with representatives from disaster prevention authorities. Vice director Fuchs from the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, and Professor Keiler from the University of Bern, Switzerland The 1st Conference Room of the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau
The Soil and Water Conservation Bureau invited professors from Kyushu University in Japan to the 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan in Jiufen Ershan and demonstrated on-the-spot debris flow observation systems. Professors from Kyushu University in Japan The 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan in Jiufen Ershan
Experts and scholars from APEC Research Center for Typhoon and Society visited Hua Shan Landslides Educational Park. The Soil and Water Conservation Bureau gave presentations on soil and water conservation engineering, disaster prevention mechanisms, observatory operations, and rural regeneration measures. Experts and scholars from the APEC Research Center for Typhoon and Society Hua Shan Landslides Educational Park
Participants from the Climate Change and Natural Resource Development Workshop of the International Cooperation and Development Fund discussed their experiences in soil and water conservation and disaster prevention and relief. 14 governmental officials from Taiwan’s diplomatic allies in the Workshop of Climate Change and Natural Resource Development The 1st Conference Room of the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau