CENTRAL IDEOLOGY: The law stipulates that central officials must publish a white paper on ocean policy and pollution, which would serve as a guide for all agencies
Date: Nov 02, 2019
By: Sean Lin / Staff reporter
The Legislative Yuan yesterday passed the Ocean Basic Act (海洋基本法), which aims to makeTaiwan a marine nation that strives toward ensuring sustainable use of the sea and its resources, as well as a facilitator of collaboration on international marine affairs.
The act stipulates that the central government should publish a white paper on ocean policy and marine pollution control within one year of the law’s enactment, and revise it regularly based on its results, and domestic and international developments.
Government agencies at all levels should review their marine policies based on the white paper and correct any action that contradicts the central government’s policy, the act says.
The government should educate the public about the ocean and make information on the ocean more accessible; build a marine industry with high added value; ensure sustainability in marine ecology and resources by promoting environmental friendly measures; and engage in exchanges in international marine affairs, it says. [FULL STORY]