Eco-Education & Resources Center (ERC) emphasized the interaction between geographical resources, natural resources and culture. We would like to promote the importance of environmental conservation by highlighting the dependence on local resources, conservation of resources, and promotion on the sustainability of the community.
Natural resources & geographical conditions
Geography of a place undoubtedly, if utilized properly, gives rise to promising natural resources. Powerful chinook wind from the central mountain range of Taiwan, for instance, raids Hengchun peninsula every year (October to April). The growth of the onion in that area is enhanced as the wind breaks their leaves which turn into nutrients after decomposition and dries the place, forcing the onions to absorb as much nutrients and water as possible; producing onions of remarkable quality. Strong chinook wind also helps pest control and prevents bacterial infection.
Natural resources & Culture
A culture, more or less, is developed according to the habitat as people adapt to it. Tai O, for example, being a renowned fishery village and blessed with rich marine resources in Lingdingyang yields valuable catch like Croaker, Tsivakihini Paste Shrimp and even Chinese Bahaba. Different kinds of side-products such as shrimp paste, dried fish maw and salted fish which have become specialty of the place, are manufactured by the locals in addition. Fishermen strengthen their fishing net by coating it with duck’s egg white; the net is further steamed in order to complete the strengthening process. The residual yolks are preserved with salt and thus turn into a delicious delicacy.
Geographical Conditions & Culture
In 1662, Cheng Shing Kung defeated the Dutch army and claimed Taiwan. Empire of the Great Qing suspended the supply of salt to Taiwan in order to implement economic sanction. However, Chan Wing Hua, a military officer of the kingdom of Tungning introduced the technique of salt making in Tainan where is ideal for setting up salt pan, making good use of its advantageous landscape — abundant with flood plains, beaches, oxbow lakes and else places alike, in order to manifest self-sufficiency of salt.