The Executive Yuan’s Forestry Bureau kicked off its “Forest Market” at the Central Culture Park on Friday to promote a better public understanding of the resources and services provided by the forest ecosystem. Nearing the end of Taiwan’s annual arbor month, the bureau is hosting a three-day market fair to showcase the wood architecture, crafts, and commercial products that Taiwan’s businesses have created using materials naturally available in the forest environment.

At the ceremony to celebrate the launch of the market fair, the bureau’s director general Lin Hwa-ching (林華慶) called Taiwan’s forests the “largest hospitality business” in the country for the air, water, plants, food, medicinal and construction raw materials that it provides society with.

To further awareness of the contribution that Taiwan’s forests bring to society, and promote better conservation, the bureau has brought together 74 domestic businesses and organizations for the market that features 115 booths.

Officials from the market fair said it would be divided into the six themed sections: domestically-produced wood products, wood construction and engineering, specialty commercial products from forest communities, forest and nature tourism, arts and crafts, and DIY wood games.

‘Forests and energy’

In conjunction with the theme of this year’s International Day of Forests “forests and energy,” the market fair aimed to put a spotlight on Taiwanese businesses and universities that were using new methods to harness energy produced from wood to innovate, bureau officials stated.

Specifically, Taichung’s National Chung Hsing University has developed a process that uses the energy produced from wood gasification. The university has a booth with demonstrations of the technology at the fair.

Another organization present at the fair is Ynidyi Enterprise Co., a manufacturer of wood pellets which can produce eco-friendly, biomass energy. The corporation also has a booth at the fair with explanations about its manufacturing process and green energy promotion. The Forestry Bureau hoped this market fair would serve “as a classroom about forests,” officials said, by increasing the public’s awareness of the forest ecosystem, culture, and wood-related innovations. ‘