Taiwan’s First Female President Tsai Ing-Wen to balance between economic development and environmental protection

Tsai Ing-Wen Taiwanese President

Environmental conservation seems to be on top priority of Women. Be it the village level self-help groups sustaining on local ecological resource, or be it the newly elected first Woman President of Taiwan.

In her inaugural speech after being sworn in as the first female president of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Tsai Ing-Wen told a cheerful crowd gathered in front of the Presidential Office that Taiwan has to tilt toward a balance between economic development and environmental protection.

“As we pursue economic development, we must not forget our responsibility to the environment. We only have one earth and we only have one Taiwan. We must not endlessly expend natural resources and the health of our citizens as we have done in the past. Therefore, we will strictly monitor and control all sources of pollution,” the president said.

Tsai said that the new government’s model for economic development “will be fully integrated with national land-use planning, regional development and environmental sustainability.” Tsai added that Taiwan cannot afford to have a shortsighted and fragmented industrial planning and land-use policy, because this could damage the environment. Instead, Tsai said, Taiwan has to pursue balanced regional development, adding that the central government should come up with measures through good planning and coordination to push for a sustainable environment.

Tsai said local governments will have to work with the central administration and comply with joint governance requirements to build an environment suitable to all of the people in Taiwan.

“We will also bring Taiwan into an age of a circular economy, turning waste into renewable resources. We will gradually adjust our energy options based on the concepts of sustainability,” Tsai said.

In her election campaign, Tsai outlined that her government would develop green energy in Taiwan to improve the environment, which has raised hopes that local renewable energy firms, such as solar cell makers and wind energy developers, will benefit from the new president’s economic development initiatives.

Speaking at the presidential inauguration ceremony, Tsai reiterated the importance of environmental protection.

“The new administration will seriously address issues related to climate change, land conservation and disaster prevention,” she said.

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