Sketch of Public Policy Communion, April 2019
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The April Archilife Public Policy Communion of 2019 was held on April 28, 2019. After a series of relaxing and fun activities, Secretary General Huang Chin-ying made the following announcement, "In view of the sharp temperature rise trend, this year may be the turning point, transitioning from the drastic climate into desertification. In this regard, Chairman Lin Chun-Hsing once again gave a warning to the Archilife Research Foundation members, reminding everyone to take caution in a conservative fashion. In addition, the temperature difference also poses a major impact on plant growth and human health. Hence, the theme question for the "Archilife Riddle Guess" this month, will be "During which week does the greatest temperature change in Taipei City occur?" This question is intended to remind everyone to take note of climate change. I am pleased with the resolution reached by the Taiwan Society of Sustainable Built Environment, TSSBE yesterday regarding Mr. Wang Wen-an’s succession as the Chairman. In the future, Taiwan’s sustainable building and environment related academic and practical international changes will continue to be promoted. I hope that the members with expertise in their respective fields will continue to voice out their contributions internationally."
Next on the schedule was the keynote speech. First, Ms. Cheng Wei-ning spoke on "Archilife Living Special Team Meeting Implementation Report for the Second Half of 2018". The presenter first said that the focus at this stage was whether or not the Archilife Shielding Project Center, faced with intense heat and extreme events, had all the conditioning necessary. The team members based their judgement of the increasingly severe climate change while monitoring the current situation of the Archilife Shielding Project Center, leading to the proposal of three major research issues: anti-heat and disaster prevention response plans, hygiene and health promotion plans, and water sources management coping strategic plans. Since Taiwan is surrounded by the sea on four sides, the "constant temperature effect" results, the impacts of heat and water sources are relatively negligible, while the counter-epidemic disease is a prioritized target. In the future, infectious diseases should be monitored, epidemic development be estimated, and counter responses be performed, including practices expected by the Archilife Shield Project Center, thereby ensuring the wellbeing of the population.
Next, Mr. Hung Chi-tung spoke on "Resilient Taiwan Moving towards Sustainable Development: Borrowing the Example of Post-disaster Reconstruction of the Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic Area". The presenter first stated that the local socioeconomic vulnerability overly relied on "scenic area development", thus resulting in the worsening dependence on scenic areas and the lack of independent socioeconomic orientation. Jiuzhaigou’s industrial reconstruction involves a greater degree of difficulty compared to that of Wenchuan or Lushan, but the reconstruction plan continues to deepen the dependence on the tourism industry but ignores the risks. The presenter said that cross-domain discipline management, the integration of disaster system structure and function, and the clarification of tourism policies are the keys to reconstruction. The presenter also put forth a new type of resilience and sustainable planning strategy, specifically responses for region-based local natural disasters, coping strategies for the local and central governments, the local residents, and tourists, risk communication, and other environmental ethics and disaster awareness related education for all.
Next, Mr. Lin De-en spoke on "Economic Activities Under Climate Change". The presenter first said that if the pulse of climate change can be grasped, wealth and health can be enhanced. The presenter cited examples and gave explanations, such as a mild winter will cause winter clothes to be unsellable, typhoon information will help stores stock up on food for sale, and knowledge of the microclimate for the day will help in planning the lighting for ball courts. The presenter said with this year’s warm season was dry with uneven heavy rainfall distribution, huge disasters brought by heavy rainfall and relatively high temperatures following the dry season must be noted. With the overall high temperatures, how to lower temperatures and fight the heat will remain the greatest challenge. Meanwhile, the typhoons and severe rainfall will also strengthen in terms of intensity. The presenter gave a reminder to everyone that the climate fluctuations have intensified over the past two decades. In addition to the economic impacts, they will also pose a more serious threat to the safety and lives of people.
After the speech, Secretary General Huang Chin-ying presented a gift to the speakers on behalf of the foundation. Then, attendees expressed and exchanged their opinions and views during the piggy hour. The April Archilife Public Policy Communion ended smoothly.