Taipei, Taiwan: The first map to ecologically chart Taiwan’s coastal areas will be completed by January 2013, local environmental groups announced at an event to mark World Oceans Day. The map will help address the public’s lack of marine knowledge.
The mapping will require hundreds of people from marine conservation groups, community colleges and the academic world, said the Taiwan Environmental Information Association, which is coordinating the mapping activities.
“It would mark a significant step in environmental education because the public can contribute to the project,” said Chen Jui-pin, secretary-general of the association.
The participants will need to collect historic data on the country’s coastline, conduct field investigations and record details of the current ecological systems, Chen said.
The idea for an ecological map came after a recent survey looked into the public’s knowledge of marine-related subjects and found most people scored poorly, according to Chen.
Source: Focus Taiwan