Apr 06, 2021
UMC launched the "Eco Echo Award" in 2016 to support ecological conservation actions. The award has been widely supported by the business community. Starting from the third year, the total prize money of the award reached NT$ 3 million, which is biggest award to support ecological conservation projects in Taiwan. In the past five years, 30 ecological conservation projects and youth environmental action initiatives have been implemented across Taiwan. Among the projects, the Eco Echo Award brought attention to the issue of bird-glass collisions since 2019, supporting bird-friendly research projects for two consecutive years.
The Raptor Research Group of Taiwan was established in 1994 with the purpose of "Gathering people who love raptors to discuss their knowledge about them, promote research and conservation of raptors, and oppose hunting, domestication, destruction of habitats and any other forms of behavior that endanger the ecology of raptors." In 2019, the Raptor Research Group of Taiwan proposed the “Invisible Glass Trap-Investigation of Wild Bird Killing by Glass Collisions in the Northern Region of Taiwan and the Promotion of Bird-Friendly Glass” project, which was awarded for the first time. In 2020, the area of investigation was expanded throughout Taiwan. The project was again favored by the reviewers, winning the Eco Echo Award for two consecutive years.
The issue of bird-glass collisions is highly concerning in many countries. In the United States, an average of 500 million wild birds die from hitting glass each year. Some countries in Europe and America even include bird-friendly glass in the regulations for green building. However, such issues are rarely discussed in Taiwan. New buildings often have large areas of glass, which is invisible to birds. This may cause them to strike the glass, leading to bird injuries or even deaths. In addition to investigating the incidents of wild birds striking glass in the Greater Taipei Area, the Raptor Research Group of Taiwan also implemented education to promote the idea of "bird-friendly glass," hoping to raise the awareness of the general public, communities, enterprises and the government on bird-glass collision issues and eventually incorporate bird-friendly glass into the regulations for green building.
Field Investigation and Study
Education and Promotion
Helping Improve Buildings with High Risk of Bird-Glass Collision
More information about Eco Echo Award projects： https://ecoechoaward.com/