Sustainability: Taiwan

May 2020

Taiwan has relatively small agricultural and mining sectors, however, it is aiming to employ digital solutions to improve productivity. Agriculture in Taiwan is dominated by small-sized farms, striving to focus on high value-added and organic farming. Nevertheless, the country remains a net food and energy importer. Despite plentiful rainfall, Taiwan increasingly faces water shortages due to the occurrence of natural disasters in the country.

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Sustainability: Taiwan



Rising electricity demand for growing industrial sector prevents a drastic shift to renewables
Air quality to continue improving with cleaner fuel adaptation
Ocean Act to assist in protecting Taiwan’s marine biodiversity
Leaking water infrastructure registers improvement
Improvements in IUU fishing regulation attract international recognition
Floods and earthquakes continue to cause sizable damage


Chart 1 Energy Availability Landscape in Taiwan Chart 2 Energy Efficiency, Security and Equity Landscape in Taiwan Chart 3 Air Pollution in Taiwan Chart 4 Waste and Water Pollution Landscape in Taiwan Chart 5 Forest and Biodiversity Landscape in Taiwan Chart 6 Water Availability, Equity and Security Landscape in Taiwan Chart 7 Water Security and Efficiency Landscape in Taiwan Chart 8 Food and Agriculture Landscape in Taiwan Chart 9 Role of Agriculture in the Economy of Taiwan Chart 10 Environmental Resilience Landscape in Taiwan

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