4Whose land is it?

Land use issues

Land is precious in Taiwan. Thus, competition for use of land can be intense and lead to serious environmental problems, as was introduced in the preceding chapters. This intense land use competition raises challenging questions about who exactly owns the land in Taiwan and who has the right to dictate how land should be used. Is it the government? The aborigines? Private individuals or businesses? Society as a whole? The issues facing land use are the primary focus of this chapter, which is divided into two main parts. The first part looks at land use in the mountain areas and slopelands that account for nearly three-quarters of Taiwan, and does so through a detailed examination of the seminal project that opened ...

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