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Taiwan study to be published in UN-affiliated review
Publish Date: 2017/05/12
Update Date: 2017/05/12
Taipei, May 11 (CNA) A case study by the Hualien District Agricultural Research and Extension Station (HDARES) on agrobiodiversity in eastern Taiwan was recently selected by the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI), a United Nations-affiliated organization, for publication.

Established in 2010, IPSI was founded by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ) and the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, which is the academic and research arm of the United Nations.

A partnership made up of 184 member organizations, IPSI publishes the annual Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review, which this year includes 10 of the most exemplary studies on socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes.

According to IPSI, the case studies to be published in the 2018 edition of the review consist of topics related to agricultural biodiversity, socio-cultural and economic activities.

Titled "Indicator species for agrobiodiversity in rice paddy fields: Research and its application in eastern rural Taiwan," the Hualien study sought to determine the level of biodiversity in Hualien's rice paddies, since the absence or abundance of certain organisms reflects the area's environmental condition.

Over the last three years, the study identified two such species, namely the Micraspis discolor, a type of ladybug, as well as Tetragnatha maxillosa, which is classified under the Tetragnatha genus of spiders, according to HDARES Director Melinda Fan.

Since 2015, Fan said the HDARES has encouraged farmers in Fuli Township, Hualien County, to apply for the "Green Conservation Label," which promotes the coexistence of living organisms and organic farming. 
(Photo courtesy of Hualien District Agricultural Research and Extension Station)
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