The rapid loss of biological diversity around the world ranks among the foremost environmental issues in the 21st century. To address this colossal problem, 194 parties commit to the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity. In recognition of the Convention, Taiwan’s Executive Yuan approved the National Biodiversity Action Plan in 2001. To bring together experts to study this issue, with the approval of the MOE, NTU established a Biodiversity Research Center in December 2001.
ORGANIZATION The NTU Biodiversity Research Center has a Consultation Commission of 15 members to oversee the research workof the Center. The Center also has a director in charge of its six divisions, which include: 1. Division of Resource Conservation 2. Division of Sustainable Resource Use 3. Division of Socioeconomics and Humanities 4. Division of Education and Training 5. Division of International Cooperation 6. Division of Information Services Each division is headed by an NTU faculty member. The heads of the divisions are nominated by the director of the Center, and appointed by the NTU President.
ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTIONS The mission of the Center is to integrate, coordinate, and provide services for relevant epartments and institutes within NTU to conduct research and instruction according to the established principles of biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of biological resources.
THE IMPORTANT WORK AREAS ARE LISTED BELOW. 1. RESEARCH ・ Survey and catalog of biodiversity, ・ Evaluate plans for protected areas, ・ Reinforce biological resource monitoring systems and oversee management of protected areas, ・ Strengthen research on wildlife population and ecosystem, ・ Develop research on application of biological resource, ・ Develop systems for sustainable use of biodiversity, ・ Develop evaluation systems of biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, ・ Research on biodiversity related laws, ・ Research on strategies of benefit-sharing, ・ Research on the effects of human activities on biodiversity, ・ Research on the relevance of culture, religions, and ethics to biodiversity.
2. EDUCATION AND TRAINING ・ Integrate courses on biodiversity and related topics. ・ Plan and undertake biodiversity studies. ・ Provide assistance for training people to work on biodiversity conservation and sustainable use.
3. SERVICES ・ Information exchange, ・ Consultation, ・ Promoting public awareness of biodiversity ・ Establishment and maintenance of website on biodiversity.
4. COOPERATION ・ Coordinate between NTU and national biodiversity units. ・ Cooperate in international research. The Center occupies a 300-square-meter space, and has a library holding more than 400 volumes of biodiversity related books and research reports. The Center also systematically collects information and references on local, regional, and international biodiversity for relevant units in NTU. It also provides online consultation for the general public regarding biodiversity information and issues. The Center’s main activities are the following:
1. Promote interdisciplinary research among colleagues from various colleges and departments at NTU,2. Train young scientists in biodiversity-related fields, 3. Assist the government in implementing and promoting the National Biodiversity Action Plan, 4. Build a national biodiversity information network to facilitate information exchange, 5. Coordinate teaching resources and design a biodiversity-related training program, 6. Build international research cooperation on biodiversity preservation and related issues.
FUTURE PROSPECTS The long-term goal of the Center is to evolve into a leading biodiversity research Institute in the Asia-Pacific region. CONTACT INFORMATION DIRECTOR: Hsiao-Wei Yuan TEL: +886 2 3366-2121 FAX: +886 2 2363-4606 WEBSITE: email@example.com E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org