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Joint Promotion of Nature Conservation by Guandu Nature Park, Mai Po Nature Reserve

 Promotion of Nature Conservation by Guandu Nature Park, Mai Po Nature Reserve After 7 years of collaboration between the Taipei City Animal Protection Office (APO)'s Guandu Nature Park and the Mai Po Nature Reserve, the Wild Bird Society of Taipei Director Chang Jui-lin and WWF Hong Kong CEO Peter Cornthwaite signed a MOU under the witness of the APO Director Sung Nien-chieh at the Mai Po Nature Reserve Ramsar Site on August 13, 2019. Both parties have reached a consensus with regards to conservation, educational work, experience-sharing among staff members, and cross-border collaboration in order to promote wetlands conservation and educational efforts.

According to Director Sung, she and the Wild Bird Society of Taipei Director Chang Jui-lin led a group of delegates to sign the MOU at the Mai Po Nature Reserve Ramsar Site. The Hong Kong delegates consisted of the WWF Hong Kong Chairman Edward M. Ho and CEO Cornthwaite, who welcomed the Taipei delegates in person and engaged in discussions with them.

Both parties agreed to recognize each other's achievements and international influence on the conservation of ecology, and the APO is pleased to bear witness to their accomplishments. Director Chang of Wild Bird Society pointed out that Guandu Nature Park and Mai Po Nature Reserve in Hong Kong are both ecological conservation areas created through public-private partnership, and the contributions they made have been recognized by the UN's Ramsar Convention Secretariat, therefore the collaboration is not only a continuation of the old partnership but also serves as a symbol of close friendship between Taipei and Hong Kong in attaining ecological conservation, environmental education and sustainable development.

By signing the MOU, the APO also wishes to reinforce the bond between nature conservation areas in Taipei and Hong Kong. In the future, with 20 years and 35 years, respectively, of conservation experience from the Guandu Nature Park and the Mai Po Nature Reserve, cross-border conservation policies can be reviewed in greater depth.

In addition to facilitating the promotion of ecological education in Taipei and Hong Kong, the efforts also help to sustain both cities' momentum and influence on nature conservation, with the ultimate objective of striving to realize the UN's SDGs (sustainable development goals), thereby sculpting Taipei City’s image as a sustainable metropolis.