Rural Villages Planning & Development
In 1987, the Bureau created the Slopeland Village Comprehensive Development Plan, followed in 1993 by the Agricultural and Fishing Village Community Development Plan. In 1998, these were combined under the Comprehensive Village Development Plan. These projects have shown positive results. Since 1999, following the devastation of many rural villages by the 921 Earthquake, the Bureau has been actively involved in the reconstruction of rural villages in the disaster afflicted regions. At the same time as compiling information from various sources and wide range of services, between 2001 and 2008 the Bureau implemented the New Rural Village Program that aimed to establish a bottom-up system by stimulating grassroots elements to join forces to promote comprehensive development. In 2009, the Rural Regeneration Act that was part of President Ma Ying-jeou’s i-Taiwan 12 projects aimed to create prosperous new rural villages. In the early stages, using the concept of comprehensive planning, the Bureau sought to introduce new software and hardware facilities to these communities depending on their needs, so that these rural villages could be revitalized and participate in further sustainable development.
Concern for the rural villages and development of rural villages has long been a priority of the Central Government’s agricultural policy. To ensure the resources for this development and to put legal structures in place, in 2008, a legislation draft was initiated to promote the regeneration of agricultural villages. The Rural Regeneration Act was ratified by the President on August 4, 2010, bringing village planning and development into a whole new era. The work of rural village regeneration provides guidance and assistance to local government in assessing and formulating overall action plans for villages within their administrative area. This will form the basis of promoting rural village regeneration in all counties around the country. It will focus on the agricultural features, scenic resources, and village development potential, as well as ecology and cultural resources. An inspection and review system will facilitate conservation efforts, promotion and use, as well as assisting these villages in their regeneration.