Holistic View of Flood and Water Control Strategies in Greater Kaohsiung
Not long after typhoon Fanapi, which caused severe damage in the Greater Kaohsiung area, typhoon Magi hit Taiwan in late October, resulting in heavy losses in the Suao and Yilan areas. Both of these events indicate the extent to which Taiwan is threatened by unexpected climate change, a serious subject that needs to be addressed by local government.
Northern Kaohsiung was badly hit by flooding on September 19th. In the wake of that councilors dedicated themselves to disaster relief work and launched a review to determine the cause of the flooding. One of the key factors has turned out to be the fact the initial design of public construction projects invariably failed to adequately take preventative measures to stop flooding. Kaohsiung City and County will be merged at the end of this year and it is clear that the issue of flooding facing Greater Kaohsiung will only be resolved by the government and the council working closely together after the merger.
With this in mind it is now essential that we take a more holistic view of water resources management, flood and water control in Greater Kaohsiung, in order to provide a more secure living environment to local residents.
Many advanced countries in Europe, the US and Japan have invaluable experience in the field of water control, from which we can learn much. This tends to emphasize ecology, the sustainable development of water strategies and adopt a proactive attitude towards the issue of climate change. There is also a need for the central government to set up an integrated inter-departmental and interdisciplinary group to plan policies with overall objectives and implement water control work.
Urban development should be undertaken in an environmentally sustainable way. In addition to restoring the damaged environment, the importance of flood and water control cannot be overemphasized.
We will strive to plan for the future and ensure our hometown is a reliable fortress where the citizen’s of Kaohsiung can live in peace, assured that government and council are doing everything they can to protect them and their property.