Liudui Hakka Cultural Park wins National Environmental Education Award

The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) presented the National Environmental Education Award to the Liudui Hakka Cultural Park of the Taiwan Hakka Culture Development Center (THCDC) on Sept. 21.

As the first cultural group winning this award in the country, the park transcends the limitations of the traditional museums.

Aiming to transform itself into an eco-museum to protect the rich cultural assets of Hakka settlements in Kaohsiung City and Pingtung County, the Liudui Hakka Cultural Park is one of the few government agencies spontaneously integrating cultural promotion with environmental education through organizing farming activities, maintaining old buildings including a tobacco barn and a rice mill plant, and launching Hakka culture workshops.

Upon receiving the award, THCDC Director-General Ho Chin-liang (何金樑) said that a great deal of feedback from the general public is a driving force for the park staff to make progress in promoting environmental education.

Ho said that he keeps reminding his staff that environmental education, an educational approach to sustainability, is not merely unilateral dissemination of knowledge, but also bilateral interaction and communication with the public.

With the park achieving its objective, the director-general noted that he feels touched and deeply understands that passing on Hakka culture can be incorporated into nature conservation to achieve cultural and natural sustainability.

Serving as a venue for cultural and environmental education, the Liudui Hakka Cultural Park is expected to enable more people to experience the vitality of diverse Hakka culture through participating in environmental education activities.