Deforestation continues to rage in Vietnam

Many ancient trees are chopped down in a deforestation case in Yok Don National Park, Dak Lak province in late December, 2019. Hanoi (VNS/VNA) – Vietnam will mark four years of natural forest closure this July, a measure to reverse severe deforestation. A total 58 localities closed their natural forests from July 2016, following Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s order which aimed to halt wood exploitation by State agencies, including those certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and offer assistance mechanisms to switch to alternative materials. The order banned entry to forests without permission and banned logging altogether. More than 27,260 cases of deforestation were reported annually from 2011 to 2015 with some 2,640ha of forest destroyed each year. The number reduced by 35 percent between 2016 and 2018 as the policy was adopted. Legal proceedings were launched in 363 cases in the same period. Some 628,000ha of forest were planted, including 44,000ha of protection forest and 577,000ha of production forest. The country’s forest coverage rose to nearly 42 percent by the end of 2018, according to Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD). The Central Highlands, for the first time in 45 years, witnessed an increase of forest area,… Read full this story

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