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Understanding Taiwan: Environmental

This guide provides useful information and links to resources on Taiwan.

At A Glance


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Taiwan has faced an air pollution crisis in recent days, with some urban areas in central and southern parts of the country being described as "gas chambers." 

Taiwan is home to an expansive network of spectacular wetlands. Fifty-two artificial wetlands, including a large area along the Dahan River in Taipei, have also been created. These sites help purify wastewater in an environmentally-friendly manner. This video introduces Taiwan’s stunning wetlands, their diverse ecosystems, and the benefits they provide people.


This section explores the environmental aspects in Taiwan.

Many makers of facial soap, bath gel, and other cleansing products contain “microbeads.” ingredient. These microbeads are often less than 5 millimetres in diameter. Wastewater plants are unable to effectively filter them during treatment, and the beads end up directly in the ocean, where sea creatures eat them. That set the stage for an imminent ecological and health catastrophe, prompting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to come out with a law to ban the sale of products containing microbeads starting in 2018.

This video explains how one environmental protection group is trying to start a “coffee dregs revolution” in Linkou District in New Taipei. Their core ideas are resource sharing and encouraging everyone to start thinking about how much waste materials in their daily lives can be given a new lease of life.


Environmentalism is life. Through this video, it explains why Taiwanese find a sustainable way of living in harmony with the environment, the knowledge of what Taiwanese can do to preserve the environment has grown with experience and it has become one of the central issues in how they live their lives.

Taiwan is going green in their transportation -- but will building more cycling lanes get people to swop cars for bicycles? Taiwan thinks so, but it means accepting compromises. In this video, Channel News Asia Insider breakdown the figures.

Bakeries, beverage shops and other retailers in seven major industries will be required to charge customers for plastic bags. Supermarkets in Greater Taipei will only be permitted to sell dual-use eco-friendly plastic bags which are also approved as trash bags. The Environmental Protection Administration estimates that the new regulations will save 1.5 billion plastic bags a year.

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