Pheasant-tailed Jacana Conservation Park

Region

Asia

Country

Taiwan

Flyway

East Asian - Australasian flyway

Initiative

WLI Asia

About

Name of organisation

Wild Bird Society of Tainan

Funding support

Government and Fundraising

Number of staff

6

Number of visitors per year

12,000 to 20,000 people

Overall aims of the centre

Pheasant-tailed Jacana Conservation Park is a artificial Wetlands to responsible for species conservation to wetland biodiversity and keep population stability of the Pheasant-tailed Jacana in the 15-hectare park. Through guided tour and educational activities, the management group hope the importance and meaning of eco-conservation can be instilled in people and thus inspire the participation among the pubic to preserve the nature. Pheasant-tailed Jacana Conservation Park is a place for restoration, conservation and education.

Description of the centre

The Pheasant-tailed Jacanas inhabit mainly on the water chestnut with other Aquatic plants farms in the plain in Tainan. They are designated as Class II conservation species by the Council of Agriculture in Taiwan in 1989. Their population hardly reached 50 over twenty five years ago. The Pheasant-tailed Jacanas were very close to extinction.
The development of high speed railway traversed the wetland where the Pheasant-tailed Jacanas inhabited. This was a great impact on this endangered species. After environment impact assessment, the conclusion has it that the railway construction was approved under the condition that the developer must lease the land of 15 ha. for habitat creation. With the cooperation of government, developers and NGOs, the habitat area was established. Since January 2000, the NGOs have started the conservation work with the creation of floating –leaved vegetation ponds which are suitable for the Pheasant-tailed Jacana to live.
In 2007, the habitat area was officially named Pheasant-tailed Jacana Conservation Park which is aimed to bring the conservation and education to the public. Since 2017, park operator has begun to go with as a partner of farmers to farmland around the park by wildlife friendly farming.

Work Areas

Main CEPA work area

Wetland Education, Environmental Education, Biodiversity Education, Wildlife friendly farming, Pheasant-tailed Jacana restoration project and Ecological Festival. Initiative to protect floating leaf plant ecology and habitats.

Top three successes

  • Environmental Education: Designing the survival of the Pheasant-tailed Jacanas into the game. Through games, participants can easily understand.
  • Wetland Education: Through planning and design, let participants enter the habitat experience.
  • Initiative to protect floating leaf plant ecology and habitats. This is the largest production area of floating leaf plants in Taiwan. This activity was first launched.

Top three challenges

  • No stable funding: learning how to get others to support you.
  • Removal of powerful alien species: the importation of any species must be done with caution.
  • Education for people with different values: Say something they can understand.

Expertise

Interpretation techniques

Creating signage / site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Setting up a new visitor centre; Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures

Participation

Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials

General

Auditing / assessing effectiveness; PR and marketing; Running effective administration; Health and safety; Fund-raising; Project planning.

Contact

Name: Pheasant-tailed Jacana Conservation Park

jacanatw.org

facebook.com

Address: Yunong Rd., Guantian Dist., Tainan City 720, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Telephone: 886-6-5792153

E-mail:jacana.tw@gmail.com

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