Conservation of Wildlife
Conservation of Wildlife Resources in Taiwan
The Pinglin district, the famous tea-growing region in the north of Taiwan, is the natural habitat of the Taiwan blue magpie, a unique bird of Taiwan. The district is part of the Feitsui Dam water preserve, but in recent years, large-scale tea cultivators in this region have become over-reliant on agrochemicals. These agrochemicals are contaminating the land and water and are threatening the survival of local wildlife. To protect the Taiwan blue magpie, which is registered as a species of least concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (Ver. 3.1), some local tea growers have been focusing on organic cultivation. However, these organic growers, who cannot use any agrochemicals and who have to pick the leaves entirely by hand, have seen their harvests cut nearly in half. Currently only about 10% of the tea gardens in Pinglin are organic.
From 2017 to 2019, Epson Taiwan Technology & Trading Ltd. (ETT), along with a number of major companies, participated as a corporate sponsor in a program to help preserve wildlife in the Feitsui watershed. During those three years, a total of about 100 ETT employees and family members dress up in the traditional costumes of tea leave pickers and go out to organic tea gardens two or three times a year to help harvest the leaves, which must be picked entirely by hand. The organic tea gardens are home to butterflies and other insects, but the participants were most excited by the discovery of several Taiwan blue magpies.
ETT will support biodiversity conservation activities as it looks to raise employee awareness of environmental issues.
Activities in Protected Area (U.K.)
Epson Telford Ltd. (ETL) is a core production site for manufacturing ink cartridges for European market and textile ink. It was the first site within the Epson group to achieve ISO14001 and participates in many environmental preservation activities such as recycling of wastes and energy-saving. With an area of 220, 000 m², the site includes a nature reserve that many rabbits have made their home.
ETL has not only reduced its production based environmental impact, but also protects and supports its local environment by:
- Setting aside about 1/3 of its land for the nature reserve,
- Creating special areas to preserve the habitat of the crested newt and great burnet*1, which have been specified as rare species in the U.K.
- Planting trees to offset company car emissions
- Introducing bee hives within the site so as to improve the diversity of local living creature and preserve bee species.
Also other local species have visited or have made homes within the sites.
- Raptors: Buzzards, kestrels, owls
- Birds: Partridges, red starts, yellow hammers, green woodpeckers
- Others: Foxes, etc.
*1 Both species have been registered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on the Red List (Least Concern: LC).