Red Brick Daily

“Don’t it always seem to go,
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Til its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot-Big Yellow Taxi, Joni Mitchell (1970)

Happily for some 96 species of bird, 166 variants of insects and more than 180 types of plants, there will be no paving over their wetland paradise for a parking lot, despite widely-reported rumors.

The Taiwan Water Corp. has denied claims that it has plans to turn any part of the Kaohsiung Niaosong Wetlands (鳥松溼地) into a parking lot. Meanwhile, the Kaohsiung City Government wants to put the wetland on a list of protected sites to ensure the wetlands are not changed in any way.

Artificially created not too long ago, the 3.8-hectare area wetland has become a mini oasis for wildlife and will be protected, city officials say.

The Taipei Times reports:

“The Kaohsiung City Government is to lobby the central government to include the Niaosong Wetlands (鳥松溼地) in the Ministry of the Interior’s “national wetlands of importance” program, officials from the city’s Public Works Bureau said.

There are 83 nationally important wetlands, 41 of which are managed by local governments, bureau Director Chao Chien-chiao (趙建喬) said earlier this week. Kaohsiung has 21 wetlands with a combined area of 1,055 hectares, more than any other special municipality or county in the nation.”


Photos via Kaohsiung Travel