The project of this year mainly focuses on offering assistance in the organizational operation, educational training, as well as implementation and management coordination for water environment patrol teams across the country. To facilitate patrol operations, e-management has been introduced to help update and maintain the “Water Environment Conservation” information system, and to enrich the content of the website that serves as a platform for patrol team exchanges and the outcomes archive.
For patrol team operation, works completed include the performance evaluation of local environmental protection bureaus, selection of excellent water environment patrol teams, presentation and assessment of patrol outcomes. Three forum meetings have been organized in northern, southern, and central Taiwan respectively in October to enable exchanges among water environment patrol personnel. 10 Trainings on system operation have been held to increase the number of system users and user familiarity with the system.
In order to condense the common consensus on water-environment conservation, three forums on environmental education applied for water environment patrol teams has been held from September through November, which allows collaboration between watershed stakeholders and educational personnel. Moreover, publishing the Water Environment Patrol Quarterly, which introduce the selected patrol teams and the characteristic water environment to advocate water environment conservation. To investigate the strategy of watershed management, reviewing references about collaboration in environmental management.
Several functions on the Water Conservation website have been developed, including a geographic information system for presenting the contributions of water patrol team in a watershed domain, a service allows system data sharing built up by Extensible Markup Language (XML), and a focus-guide version of the website for water environment patrol personnel. To improve the understanding of users about the website, 11 teaching films are applied for on-line learning, which can either be downloaded or be watched on the YouTube.