How old trees are preserved in Japan

These days I was in Kyushu Japan. As the place did not bear the brunt of typhoon Jebi, I could tour around a bit.

I was in Dazaifu where I came across this more than 1,500 years old tree. It was a stunning scene to spot. And if we think about the tree in terms of human life, it was awe-inspiring. If a man has an average life of 80 years, this tree then has been living almost 20 lives. If 30 years is a generation (when people give birth to their children), this tree has witnessed 50 generations of human evolution.

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But what amazed me most was not having a tree this old, but how it was conserved. If you looked carefully at the branches at the top, you could see they were all mounted with some sort of protection. I was uplifted by the efforts the Japanese government made in conserving old trees. By protecting valuable trees, natural, historic and cultural treasures can be conserved. Cities with oldest trees should aspire for better preservation.


日本的古樹保育

最近去了日本九州,該地並未受到颱風飛燕強烈影響,讓我可遊玩一番。

我在太宰府時遇到這棵逾一千五百年歷史的古樹,實在蔚為奇觀。假設一個人能活到八十歲,這棵古樹已活了差不多二十個人的一生了,若三十年是一代的話(假設人們大概在這年紀生下下一代),這棵古樹已見證了五十代人的進步了,想想實在讓人嘖嘖稱奇。

但最讓我留下深刻印象的,並非一棵樹木能活上這個年紀,而是它的保育工作。如果你仔細看,會發現古樹頂部的樹枝護着保護物料,日本政府的樹木保育工作實在值得學習。透過保育珍貴的樹木,我們同時保護了大自然、歷史和文化瑰寶。需要進行古樹保育工作的城市應當仿效。

Enthusiastic about EU Action Plan for Nature, People and the Economy

I am excited about the Action Plan for nature, people and the economy published on 27 April by the European Commission.

This comprehensive action plan aims to improve implementation of the Nature Directives in order to reach the EU’s goal for 2020 of halting and reversing the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. The action plan covers four priority areas with 15 concrete actions. Actions will be launched in 2017.

The overarching concern of the action plan is to strengthen the Nature Directives’ coherence with socio-economic objectives and engagement with national, regional and local authorities, stakeholders and citizens. It stresses a participatory approach towards nature conservation, highlighting dialogue and understanding, communication and outreach, between Member States, the stakeholders and the public.

I look forward to the presentation of EU Action Plan on 6th June in Brussels. For more information, please refer to here.


歐盟委員會通過《自然、人類和經濟行動計劃》,推動社會各界參與生態保育

歐盟委員會於四月二十七日通過《自然、人類和經濟行動計劃》(EU Action Plan for Nature, People and Economy),推動社會各界參與生態保育,實在讓人鼓舞。

這個全面的行動計劃用以加強推行《自然指令》(Nature Directives),旨於保護生態多樣性,幫助歐盟達成在二零二零年前扭轉生態物種消失和停止自然生態破壞的目標。《自然、人類和經濟行動計劃》在二零一七年推行,涵蓋四個主要方面和十五個具體行動。

行動計劃最大的作用在於強化《自然指令》和社會經濟間的連繫,講求國際間、城市間和社區之間的合作,鼓勵持份者和市民的參與,讓成員國、特份者和公眾彼此交流、溝通、理解和聯絡,強調對於自然保育採取參與的態度。

我很期待歐盟行動計劃六月六日在布魯塞爾(Brussels)的匯報,要查詢更多詳情請到這裏