ELECTION ISSUE:Commissioner candidates said that they would respond to the petition so that voters in the nine-in-one elections could reference their positions
Date: Nov 17, 2018
By: Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporter
Environmentalists yesterday called on Taitung county commissioner candidates to
sign a petition against a proposal for a photovoltaic power station to be built on the Jhihben Wetlands (知本溼地).
Initiated by the Society of Wilderness’ Taitung branch and the Wild Bird Society of Taitung, the petition aims to prevent the county government from building what might be the nation’s largest solar power station on a 161-hectare plot of land that overlaps the wetlands in the city’s Jhihben Township (知本).
Covering nearly 20 hectares, the Jhihben Wetlands have up to 185 bird species and is designated by BirdLife International as one of the nation’s important bird and biodiversity areas under its code IBA-TW040, the groups wrote in the petition.
However, Jhihben is not among the nation’s protected wetlands, the Ministry of the Interior’s Web site showed. [FULL STORY]