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Sustainability 2016, 8(1), 53;

Strategic Planning for Land Use under Extreme Climate Changes: A Case Study in Taiwan

Soil and Water Conservation Bureau (SWCB), Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan, No. 6, Guanghua Rd., Nantou City, Nantou 54044, Taiwan
Taiwan Agricultural Science and Technology Resources Logistics Management Association, 2F., No. 19, Dehuei St., Jhongshan Dist., Taipei 10460, Taiwan
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Academic Editor: Fausto Cavallaro
Received: 26 October 2015 / Revised: 24 December 2015 / Accepted: 4 January 2016 / Published: 8 January 2016
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Extreme weather caused by global climate change affects slope-land in Taiwan, causing soil loss, floods, and sediment hazards. Although Taiwan is a small island, the population density is ranked second highest worldwide. With three-fourths of the island area being slope-land, soil and water conservation (SWC) is crucial. Therefore, because of the impact of climate and social change, the means of maintaining sustainable development of slope-land and the safety of the living environment in Taiwan is a developing and crucial issue. This study applied four foresight analysis tools that covered both qualitative and quantitative aspects, including international trend analysis, a focus group, the Delphi method, and a strategy roadmap. By combining the four analysis tools, we developed corresponding strategies to address climate change for use as references for policy-makers. The findings of this study can contribute to consensus-forming among multiple stakeholders on the sustainable development of soil and water resources and to devising foresight strategies for SWC in short-term, middle-term, and long-term bases. Ultimately, the goal of “considering climate and socioeconomic change, watershed resources being managed on a multiple-use basis to avoid disasters and to sustain SWC” can be realized by the year 2025. View Full-Text
Keywords: soil and water conservation; strategic planning; Taiwan; extreme climatic event soil and water conservation; strategic planning; Taiwan; extreme climatic event

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