A clear example of a win-win situation is the Golden Riverside Park in New Taipei City (formerly Taipei County), Taiwan.
The lamentable economic and environmental situation changed when the Taipei County government laid plans to restore the wetlands. Restoration of the natural wetlands and the construction of other wetlands has improved water quality, attracted wildlife, attracted tourists, created businesses that rely on tourism, and improved the social and economic well being of the entire area.
The photos above and at left were taken at one of Danshui's tourist areas on a slow weekday. On weekends, it's far too crowded for bicycling.
Just think of how many jobs are saved or created, and how many other human needs in the area are met by fully functioning wetlands.
The video below shows a panoramic view of tourist-related businesses along the riverbank, bicyclists, the Guandu Ferry, the mountains, the wetlands, and the Guandu Bridge.
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Can we say, though, that the only jobs that matter are the ones created by businesses with pockets deep enough to contribute oceans of money to political campaigns?
In the video below, you can see what happens at the end of the river. At low tide, people forage for crabs and various other foods from the sea. They, too, depend on relatively clean water for food safety, and GDP has nothing to do with it. Each person has value that can't be measured in dollars and cents.