Mr. Guildo Tielman, Representative of the Netherlands Office Taipei, visited the Ocean Affairs Council (OAC) on March 12th along with Deputy Representative René Beerepoot. Both sides exchanged views on offshore wind power, marine ecology, marine spatial planning, preservation of underwater cultural heritage.
“With fruitful outcomes in the last two years, OAC is pleased to meet with the Netherlands delegates again,“ Deputy Minister of OAC Tsai Ching-Piao(蔡清標) said. “Development of offshore wind power is facing challenges in many sectors, like marine ecology, fishermen’s rights, and marine safety. It is needed to find a common ground between utilization of marine space and stakeholders’ interests. The promotion of the North Sea Agreement and offshore Wind Energy Ecological Programs in the Netherlands is worthy of our reference.”
Tielman said that it is pleased to have this dialogue with the OAC and to continue future communication between Taiwan and the Netherlands. Tielman also invited OAC to co-host Ecology Webinars this June, hoping to share experiences and practices.
“OAC is going to hold the 2021 Taiwan International Ocean Forum in the Academia Sinica, Taipei on June 7th and National Oceans Day in Keelung on June 8th. OAC is hoping that this type of activities will shed light on development of marine sustainability,” Tsai added.
“Taiwan can contribute more to the international society. By exchanging experience through mutual discussions, both parties can gradually seek opportunities of cooperation in areas of marine debris management, marine technology application, circular economy, spatial planning, and preservation of offshore wind farms ecology. Furthermore, our cooperation will lead to reinforcing partnership between Taiwan and the Netherlands,” Tsai concluded.