Trista di Genova, The Wild East
Protesters camped out on the beach in southeast Taiwan last weekend, to call attention to the ecological destruction of Meili Wan (‘Beautiful Bay’) during the course of a hotel’s construction there.
Activist and famed Taiwan photographer, Eco Lin, described in an interview with The Wild East last weekend how developers failed to carry out an environmental impact assessment, and have wrought havoc on the area’s ecology, which United Nations monitors determined in 2008 (The Year of the Coral Reef) was Taiwan’s ecologically richest coral reef.
Without carrying out an environmental impact assessment, developers buried iron and other construction waste underneath the hotel itself, which is easily exposed after wind and sea erosion. Even worse, builders disposed of construction waste, in the form of mud, into the ocean. Eco took part in recent diving investigation of the waters there, and describes a tragic situation: the coral reef was buried in this mud, and is now nearly dead.