AFTER FOUR YEARS' WORK, FIREFLIES APPEAR IN TAIPEI CITY|4年復育有成 螢火蟲重現大安森林公園

Older generations in Taiwan often lament how fireflies used to be everywhere when they were kids. Now after four years of rehabilitation, they are once again to be found in the center of Taipei. Here's our report from Taipei's Daan Forest Park.

Fireflies flash in the dark city. With assistance from NGOs and experts, four years ago a rehabilitation program was started in Taipei City's Daan Forest Park, Mucha Park, and Rongxin Park, to reintroduce fireflies which had disappeared from the highly-developed city 25 years ago. Taipei City Government overcame many difficulties and persuaded international experts that the International Firefly Symposium 2017, held only once every three years, should be hosted by Taiwan.

==YANG PING-SHIH, Former Dean of NTU's College of BioResources and Agriculture==
To be honest, the Daan Forest Park was the hardest. First we had to create a pond. We then switched the lights to the ones with a wavelength of 596 nm. You can see them in that area, those yellow lights.

Reintroducing fireflies to Taipei City was hardest in the Daan Forest Park. Each day over 10,000 people use the park and there are light sources concentrated all around the park. The reintroduction team said that just using four to five meter high trees as shelter from light source was not enough, it also had to plant layers of shelter, with trees two or three meters high, and low shrubs of about 80 centimeters. This, coupled with a clean ecological pool, created a suitable environment for the fireflies' survival.

==KO WEN-JE, Taipei City Mayor==
To be honest, it's difficult to host an International convention due to Taiwan's International standing. So far, Taipei City is the only place that has successfully restore firefly habitats in the city after it disappeared for 20 years. As of right now, Taipei is the only city that has accomplished that.

Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je promised that Taipei City would establish 12 ecological parks so that it could advance towards the goal of becoming a more ecologically-sound city.

台北市大安森林公園,花了四年復育,讓消失25年的螢火蟲,重新出現在都市叢林,這也讓台灣第一次爭取到螢火蟲國際年會的主辦權。

螢火蟲一閃一閃,點綴在漆黑的城市裡,讓夜晚更美麗。北市大安森林公園、木柵公園、榮新花園,在民間團隊和學者協助下,從四年前進行復育計畫,使得消失在都市叢林25年的螢火蟲,重回高度開發的城市裡。台北市政府克服萬難,說服國際專家,將三年一度的「螢火蟲國際年會」交由台灣主辦。

==台大農學院前院長 楊平世==
大安(森林公園)坦白講是最難
就是我們先創造一個溼地
然後燈的部分
白熾燈改成596(奈米)波長的
你看那個區域有點黃色的 黃色燈

要在台北市復育螢火蟲,以大安森林公園最困難,每天有1萬多人聚集在這裡活動,而且周邊的光照密集,復育團隊表示,光靠公園原本四、五公尺高的大樹、遮蔽光源還不夠,還必須種植二、三公尺高的喬木、80公分左右的低矮灌木,層層植栽,加上乾淨的生態池,才打造出適合螢火蟲適生存的環境。

==台北市長 柯文哲==
我們辦這個國際年會 坦白講
台灣國際外交也是很困難
目前台北市全世界唯一
螢火蟲完全消失20幾年後
還可以再復育回來
這是我們到目前為止
只有台北城是這樣

生態指標螢火蟲,點亮了北市的三座公園,台北市長柯文哲承諾,未來北市還會再打造12座生態公園,讓台北市繼續往生態城市的目標邁進。
記者 黃怡菁 陳昌維 台北報導