Lujiao Creek Constructed Wetland Junior Water Environment Patrol Team

Region

Asia

Country

Taiwan

Flyway

East Asian - Australasian flyway

Initiative

WLI Asia

About

Name of organisation

Lujiao Creek Constructed Wetland Junior Water Environment Patrol Team

Funding support

Environmental Protection Bureau of New Taipei City Government and Education Bureau of New Taipei City Government

Number of staff

There are 123 members in the Patrol Team including teachers, volunteers and students.

Number of visitors per year

About 5,000 people from November 2021 to October 2023, when the Patrol Team conducted a study tour course in the Lujiao Creek Constructed Wetland. The Patrol Team shared experiences in wetland education. A total of 46 sessions where conducted.

Overall aims of the centre

Train Patrol Team members to have the ability to observe nature, explain the ecology of the wetland and monitor the environment. The goal is for members to become global citizens who "think globally and act locally".

Description of the centre

Location: Lujiao Creek Constructed Wetland, New Taipei City, Taiwan
Size of site: 16 hectares
Types of habitats and species supported:
The Lujiao Creek Constructed Wetland is a part of the Tamsui River Basin which is considered to be a nationally important wetland. The constructed wetland includes primary sedimentation pond area, flood flow area, artificial stream area, marsh area, ecological pond and secondary forests. More than 130 species of birds and 236 species of plants within 66 families have been found in the past 15 years.
Featured programs:
Wetland study tours and visiting wetlands in other areas. Environmental monitoring including water quality, aquatic life, bird, and beach cleanup. For team members from elementary schools there are opportunities for them to present their achievements. For team members from universities they become committee members and training is provided.

Work Areas

Main CEPA work area

Communication
1. Conduct regular monthly water monitoring, record results and upload results to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) database.
2. Report pollution or littering to authorities.
3. Produce video content and upload to YouTube to raise awareness about wetland degradation.
4. Exchange experiences with other wetland patrol teams.
5. Through online reservation to provide indoor and outdoor courses.

Education
1. Develop training courses on skills such as water quality monitoring and ecological investigation.
2. Share course content through live broadcasts on social media.
3. Arrange annual out-of-town visits to broaden students' horizons.
4. Establish a systematic evaluation mechanism to examine environmental literacy.
5. Set up tasks to cultivate students' abilities at different stages.
6. Pass on experience to strengthen cohesion between students.
7. Develop wetland education curriculum and public education materials.

Participation
1. Conduct regular monthly patrols of the wetland and environmental monitoring.
2. Provide guided tours to the public.
3. Participate in cross-regional beach cleanup and removal of invasive species.
4. Conduct tours passed on reservations to promote wetland education.
5. Regularly clean up garbage and remove invasive species in the wetland.

Awareness-raising
1. Use stories or drama performances to spread information about wetlands to younger children.
2. Promote concepts of water pollution prevention at community events.
3. Promote environmental conservation concepts through exhibitions, interpretation activities and other activities.
4. Produce materials to spread wetland knowledge to the general public.

Top three successes

1. In the process of promoting environmental education, we have found a way for children to learn science and gain a sense of accomplishment in nature. This way, children can discover the value of caring for the natural environment and take action. Students who have experience at the Lujiao Creek Constructed Wetland Junior Water Environment Patrol Team will continue to pay attention to environmental issues and make an impact even after graduation.
2. Allowing students to go on stage for regular monitoring reports, results presentation and report on topics, help to train their ability to speak on stage. Through these continuous practices of being on stage, the students can gain and develop their public speaking skills that is often lacking in traditional education programs, which is very helpful for students' future development.
3. Conduct monthly environmental monitoring (water quality, aquatic life, and bird surveys). These records help record changes in the environment and can be kept for future related research.

Top three challenges

1. The Patrol Team is a small group and it is hard for its voice to be heard. Thus we believe that working with other groups will help us strengthen our voice and help us reach more people so they can understand more about the environment.
2. Although monthly environmental monitoring (water quality, aquatic organisms, and bird surveys) are conducted but there is a lack of further statistical analysis for further research.
3. The members of the Lujiao Creek Constructed Wetland Junior Water Environment Patrol Team is composed of members from elementary school, junior high schools, high schools, universities and those in the workforce. The Patrol Team needs to have different specified content and a stage to present their work to ensure the whole team remains energetic and active.

Expertise

Interpretation techniques

Creating signage / site information; Producing written materials

Visitor centres

Managing / creating habitat

Participation

Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Working with primary schools; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials

General

Fund-raising; Project planning.

Contact

Name: Ms. Shiu-Fang Hu, Lujiao Creek Constructed Wetland, New Taipei City, Taiwan

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