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Regarding the Convening of a Temporary Meeting and a Press Conference of Yuchi Township, Nantou County for Thao People’s Allocation of Land:

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  • Online Date:2019/06/24
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1. Before the announcement, relevant organizations were invited to discuss and fully express their opinions on the traditional lands of Thao People. The Measures for the Allocation of Indigenous Peoples’ Land or Tribal Land were adopted on the third reading of the Legislative Yuan. On June 24, 2015, the President promulgated the amendment to Article 21 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, empowering the Council of Indigenous Peoples to enact statutory orders to promote the operation of land demarcation for Indigenous Peoples. On February 6, 2018, the Council convened a deliberative group meeting in accordance with the provisions of the Methods. It invited Nantou County Government, Yuchi Village Public Office, National Property Administration, MOF, Council on Agriculture, Executive Yuan, Sun-moon Lake National Scenic Area Administration Office, The 3rd River Management Office, WRA and other public land management organs to attend the meeting. After thorough discussion among the participating organs, the meeting reached a consensus on the result of respecting the traditional land allocation of Thao People.

2. The traditional lands of Thao People were public land delimited according to the laws (excluding the private land). According to the Method, the scope of land delimitation in traditional areas was limited to public land. Private land within the announced boundaries was not delimited into it according to the laws. Private land ownership was completely unchanged and unaffected, which was clearly marked in the announced map information. For the Indigenous Peoples, the land carried language, culture, and history. The Thao People had established the land scope in the traditional area on the basis of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, the Method and historical facts, which were both well-founded in law and well-rooted.

3. Only a few development cases with adverse effects on the environment require tribal consent through consultation. According to the Method of Obtaining the Consent and Participation of Indigenous Tribes through Consultation, the consent or participation of Indigenous Peoples or tribes was required through consultation only in cases of infringement on indigenous tribes’ rights upon the land and natural resources or exploitation and utilization harmful to their living environment. The vast majority of cases of general development and utilization of small paths, drainage, or other infrastructure for people's livelihood did not require consultation. It was also a preliminary examination by local public offices according to their duties to determine whether the case needed tribal consent. Local governments had fully participated in the tribal consent process, which would not affect the normal development of local construction.

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