The 2015 Taiwan-China-Hong Kong Joint Symposium on Soil and Water Conservation and Slopeland Disaster Prevention was hosted by the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau (SWCB) at National Chung Hsing University on Dec. 4th, where the latest research findings were exchanged in an effort to enhance the soil and water conservation and slopeland disaster prevention technology among Taiwan, China and Hong Kong.
Eight specialists and scholars from the Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, CAS in China and the Geotechnical Engineering Office of Civil Engineering and Development Department in Hong Kong, as well as related institutions and specialists in Taiwan, were invited for nine sessions of keynote speeches. The topics included: “Hazard Chain Risks and Prevention for Earthquake-Induced Mountain Disasters”, “Self-Organized Criticality and Disaster Prediction of Earthquake-Induced Landslides”, “Slope Landslides and Control Engineering in Hong Kong”, “Slope Landslide Responsive Measures and Preparedness in Hong Kong”, “The Effect of Riverbed Energy Dissipation Mechanism and Artificial Energy Dissipation Structures on Debris Flow Prevention”, “Key Mitigation Technologies and Concepts for Disaster-Prone Mountains in China”, “Geologic Hazards Monitoring by SAR Remote Sensing”, “The Influence of Climate Change on the Slopeland Debris Flow Risks in Norway” and “New Thinking for the Debris Flow Warning and Evacuation Mechanism in Taiwan.”
SWCB Director-General Lee Chen-Yang stated that over recent years drastic climate change has caused a high frequency of slopeland disasters. In light of this circumstance, soil and water conservation has become an issue deserving more attention. Taiwan, China and Hong Kong have their individual strengths in soil and water conservation due to different natural environments and socioeconomic development. It is expected that the exchanges of experience and technology among specialists from these three areas can effectively alleviate the impacts of climate change.