Green tech helps make Expo unique: AIPH head


TAIPEI — Taipei City was able to produce a world-class flora expo from scratch in four years when it traditionally took others a decade, said Dr. Doeke Faber, head of the world’s leading horticultural organization, adding that the emphasis on green technologies set the Taipei event apart from the others he had seen in the last 50 years. “The Taipei International Flora Exposition’s emphasis on environmental conservation and green technology innovation has made the Taipei event truly unique”, said Faber, president of the Netherlands-based International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH), the body which decides where international floral expos are held. In an interview with the CNA, he recalled that, when Taiwan applied with the AIPH in 2006 for the right to host this year’s expo, it had to compete with many other cities. But the proposal submitted by Taipei City, he said, outshone its numerous competitors because of its emphasis on green technologies and its plan to inject new life into four parks that had been long ignored. When he visited the proposed site two years ago, he said, the four areas in Zhongshan District, where the six-month expo opened Saturday, were either dilapidated or unappealing to the public. “Now, the parks are amazing and filled with many modern innovative designs and beautiful landscape. Everywhere you turn, each pavilion you go, there is one surprise after another. Taipei is now a big city of surprises,” he said.