Taiwan Environmental Information Association (TEIA) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization established in Taipei, Taiwan during June of 2001. Our mission is to work towards a world where human coexists harmoniously with nature. Currently, we have a team of nearly 60 staff members, both full-time and part-time, regular interns, and hundreds of volunteers, with one goal of advancing environmental conservation.
A Reality That Needs a Working Strategy
Taiwan is made up of the main island of Taiwan and over one hundred smaller islands and islets that lie west of the Pacific Ocean and off the coast of southern China. It straddles the tropical and subtropical zones with an elevation change across 4,000 meters or 13,000 feet. This geographical advantage has contributed to the wide range of ecosystems and richness in biodiversity.
Taiwan’s landscape varies from tropical rainforest to alpine grassland, housing nearly 500,000 species which represent 1% of the total species diversity globally. Many of them can trace their roots back to the Asian continent and the South Pacific.
Nonetheless, due to rapid population growth and pro-industrial government economic policies, the country’s biodiversity and natural resources are diminishing at an alarming rate. The fact that Taiwan has been denied the opportunity to participate in some of the international environmental events due to political reasons only aggravates the situation. Keeping up with the global trends in environmental movements and standards becomes quite a challenge, requiring a solid strategy of environmental care and social responsibility.