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【Exclusive Interview】 Chen Mao-Chun, Director General of National Park Service, Ministry of the Interior

As the first Director General of the National Park Service, Ministry of the Interior, Chen Mao-Chun has a wealth of management experience accumulated over his time overseeing different domains, including mountain recreational activities, historical battlefields, and alpine ecosystems. With a professional background in law, Chen has been a nature enthusiast since his student days, and by chance, he became involved in national parks. As someone who has both rational and sensibility qualities, he deeply understands the close interdependence among natural landscapes, cultural traditions, people and the land. The first Director General of the National Park Service, Chen Mao-Chun National Park Bureau Officially Established Deepening Opportunities for Cooperation, Increasing Participation National parks are established not only to protect the natural environment, but also to conduct research and provide recreation for the general public. Conducting conservation researches has always been a mission of national parks. After being upgraded to become the National Park Service, a new generation of national parks system was established. It includes nine national parks, one national nature park, and 58 national wetlands and major coastal areas, forming a comprehensive national land conservation network. Chen believes that in the future, the National Park Service will continue to focus on national parks and carry out inter-regional conservation collaboration programs. For example, the Formosan black bear conservation at Yushan not only brings together alpine-type national parks such as Shei-Pa and Taroko, but also promotes the conservation of bears in cooperation with private conservation organizations. The effort vastly increases the integrity and connectivity of bear habitats, and can thus effectively manage and ensure biodiversity. One of the main responsibilities of National Park Service includes recreation management. When Chen served as the director of the Shei-Pa National Park Headquarters, in addition to promoting the study of the Formosan salamander, he also built the well-equipped Guanwu Salamander Ecological Center. The center comprises the Yunwu Trail and a scenic platform. Not only does it provide the general public with a pleasant recreational site, visitors also have an opportunity to learn about the habitat of this unique salamander species endemic in Taiwan. All in all, the center meets the needs of the general public for recreation and leisure, and at the same time, helps with the internalization of conservation concepts among people. the Formosan salamander the well-equipped Guanwu Salamander Ecological Center Expanding Partnerships to Market Taiwan In response to the development goals of global conservation, climate change and environmental sustainability, the National Park Service has been proactively engaging with the international community. It has become one of the avenues for Taiwan to participate in international affairs. Over the past 40 years since their establishment, the national parks of Taiwan have been committed to conducting conservation researches. Chen believes that in the future, the national park brand should be shaped to highlight Taiwan’s unique natural and cultural features, thereby marking Taiwan as a force in promoting green sustainability on the global stage. Nowadays, more than 130 countries around the world have pledged to work towards the goals of “zero net emissions” by 2050. Chen shared that the National Park Service has developed a carbon management plan to estimate carbon sinks and emissions. The agency is also working with industry and take the lead to lower carbon emissions. For example, the National Park Service is promoting a tree-planting program with private enterprises such as Wan Hai Lines. It is also cooperating with experts to perform carbon inventories, so that National Park Service can become a model for land use and resource conservation, as well as key player in marketing and connecting Taiwan with the rest of the world.
Yangmingshan National Park
Yangmingshan National Park was officially the third national park established in 1985. The Park is located in northern Taipei City, and easily accessible from downtown.
Shei-pa National Park
Shei-Pa National Park located in the central part of Taiwan around the peaks of Hsuehshan and Dabajian Mountain, with an area of 76,850 hectares. The Park was founded to protect and study this splendid wilderness, maintaining the natural environment and all forms of life it includes.
Taroko National Park
Taroko National Park is located in the east of Taiwan. It lies across 3 administrative areas, Hualien County, Taichung County, and Nantou County. Taiwan's Central Cross-Island Highway crosses the park, which is at the eastern end of the highway.
Yushan National Park
Yushan National Park is located in the Central Mountain Range of Taiwan. It crosses over the four couties of Nantou, Chiayi, Kaohsiung and Hualien, covering a vast expanse of area of over 105,000 hectares. It is a typical subtropical mountainous nation park.
Kenting National Park
Kenting National Park is located at the southern tip of Taiwan. With warm climate, pleasant scenery, and easy access, it is one of the most popular resorts, attracting millions of both domestic and foreign tourists every year.
Kinmen National Park
Kinmen National Park covers the center of Kinmen Island as well as the northwestern, southwestern and northeastern corners, the around-the-island highway on Lieyu (Little Kinmen) and surrounding areas.
Taijiang National Park
Taijiang National Park is located in the southwest of Taiwan. Overall the park's planned area stretches from the southern sea wall of Qingshan Fishing Harbor to the south bank of Yanshui River and is mostly public coastal land.
South Penhu Marine National Park
The South Penghu Marine National Park, the ninth national park and the second marine national park of Taiwan is born in 2014. It is located between Wangan and Chimei of Penghu and consists of four main islands Dongjiyu, Xijiyu, Donyupingyu,Xiyupingyu, many islets, rocks and surrounding waters.
Dongsha Atoll National Park
The Dongsha Atoll National Park is the seventh national park in Taiwan, managed by the Ministry of the Interior. It was established on January 17, 2007. The Park is located in the north of South China Sea, is about 400 Kilometers from the island of Taiwan.
Shoushan National Nature Park
Shoushan National Nature Park located in Kaohsiung includes natural terrain and historical sites such as Shoushan, Mt.Banping, Gueishan, Old Zuoying city, and Mt. Qihou.Shoushan Park was the first people promoted Nature Park then later established by the officials.