chapter  2
21 Pages

Contextualizing Taiwan’s environmental history

From “developmentalism” to ecological awareness?

This chapter will try to offer a general overview of environmental politics and issues in Taiwan, starting from the KMT early environmental depletion era, all the way to the current period, with a special focus on the changes that took place after the DPP gained the presidency in the year 2000. Being the context chapter it will also highlight the transformations (or lack thereof) in Taiwan’s environmental governance under different ruling parties and analyze their positioning towards issues such as “ecological concerns” and “economic development.” Furthermore, this chapter will explore the origins of an environmental movement in Taiwan, its political orientation and highly politicized nature and how this has changed in the past few years with the arrival of a newer generation of green activists.