A Framework for Supporting the Conservation of Water Resources as Derived in Taiwan
Chung-Chiang Chen
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Master Program of Leisure Environment Management, Department of Tourism Management, Nanhua University,
55 Nanhua Road, Section 1, Dalin, Chiayi 622, Taiwan
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2012;21(1):39-48
This paper examines Taiwan’s water resources and finds that over-exploitation of ground water has led to land subsidence at an annual rate of 7.4 cm/year for some coastal regions. Each m3 of water used for agriculture contributes only NT$ 15.58 (US$ 0.5), much lower than that for industrial production (NT$ 2,220, equivalent to US$ 71.6). This paper suggests that the increase in recharge area (water infiltration area) and the greenness-covered area (e.g. forestation) play vital roles in conserving water resources, and thus aqua-culture ponds should be suspended in operation and serve as constructed wetlands through incentive systems.
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