Environmental Change and Urban Land Use Change in Peri-urban Area: A
case study of Taipei-Taoyuan area
Huang, Professor, Graduate Institute of Urban Planning
Taipei University, Taipei, Taiwan 10433
Global environmental change has prompted concerns over the role of urban
areas in global systems.
both as a social phenomenon and a physical transformation of landscapes,
can be regarded as
changes. Peri-urban areas are
environments and resource bases, and can provide essential life-support
functions for urban residents. The land use and land cover change in peri-urban areas
transformations in the biophysical and socioeconomic systems,
by urban planning professionals
and urban and rural
environment of Taiwan is characterized by active
geomorphic processes with steep topography and unstable hydrologic
processes, which are
sensitive to extreme climatic events such as typhoon. The
rapid economic growth of Taiwan from 1970¡V2000
transformed the island from a rural economy to an industrialized one.
Almost 80% of Taiwan¡¦s people currently live in urban areas, making it
an urbanized nation, and approximately 90% of the entire population
reside on the western coastal plain, where peri¡Vurbanization is
and already threatens
the cities¡¦ life-supporting environments.
environmental change in peri-urban areas
the Peri-Urban Environmental Change Project (PU-ECH)
change and ecosystem service in peri-urban areas should be seen and
valued differently. The PU-GEC project proposes studying the effect of
global environmental change and land use change
on ecosystem services in peri-urban areas,
using the Taipei-Taoyuan area
to be achieved by this project:
the influence of
land use and land cover change in
Taipei-Taoyuan peri-urban area.
To study changes
ecosystem service in
study peri-urban area
as a result of
land use and land cover change.
- To study
global environmental change, peri-urbanization, and
ecosystem resilience in Taipei -Taoyuan area.
PU-GEC started on August 1 2007 and will run until
July 31 2010.
The project involves 5 collaborators from Singapore, China, USA, and
The project is funded by the Grant No. NSC
of the National Science Council in Taiwan.
Urbanization and Global Environmental
Change Project of IHDP