Please join us for an Environmental Forum with Dr. Hong-Yuan Lee.
Dr. Hong-Yuan Lee, Professor of Hydraulic Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering at National Taiwan University and former Minister of the Interior of Taiwan, will discuss key issues and solutions for policies regarding environmental disasters such as floods and earthquakes in Taiwan. He argues that sustainable development should be the main focus for urban renewal. He argues that tackling challenges like flooding requires the government to not just invest in coastal levees and pumping systems but to consider land use and watershed management options. The shortage of water resources in Taiwan is a big issue in the near future. Climate changes, sedimentation in reservoirs and mountain rivers are warning signs for the government that water resources is an urgent problem. However, the government does not currently mandate water recycling for industries and does not have substantial policies regulating the usage of water resources. Lee will discuss what Taiwan has done in the past with conventional methods and ideas to address environmental disasters and challenges and argue that new ideas are needed to further progress. Lee introduces several techniques such as an innovative desalination system, hydrogen renewable energy, aquaculture, high-quality crops, etc. When facing problems, the nation and government should keep these ideas in mind: Integration, Coherence, Governance, Positive thinking, Out-of-box thinking, and Dialogue.