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Several local cities claim livable community awards

TAIPEI -- Several Taiwanese cities were recognized for their management of the local environment, at this year's International Awards for Liveable Communities (LivCom Awards) held in Xiamen, mainland China on Monday.

Building projects from Taiwan dominated in the category of Environmentally Sustainable Projects, with Yilan County's Old Town Bundle Inset Movement taking top place and winning a gold award.

The Kaohsiung Exhibition and Convention Center, which was recently completed in the southern Taiwanese city, placed second and also received gold award, while the Tainan Astronomical Education Area was in third place.

The Regeneration of Urban Green Belt project in Taichung, which created the pedestrian-friendly Calligraphy Greenway, was the top rated entry in the category of natural projects.

Meanwhile, Yilan's E-wang Community, which has around 800 residents, was given a special award for its efforts to preserve local craftsmanship, the county government said in a press release yesterday.

The LivCom Awards, launched in 1997, have been presented by The LivCom Management Co. in the United Kingdom in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme since 2007, according to the official website.

The annual awards aim to promote more effective use of resources and improve the quality of life within a community, the website said.

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