Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has instructed the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai to continue increasing its forest coverage and protecting its ecosystem and distinctive cultural identity, saying these are strategic orientations for the locality’s development.
After five years of implementing the agricultural restructuring, project for higher added value and sustainable development, the sector's production capacity has increased significantly, making the sector a pillar of the economy.
Forest coverage in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak has shrunk to 505,076ha – down 10,533ha – according to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Vietnam planted a total 12,385ha of coastal forest between 2015-2017 via climate change response and coastal forest protection project for 2015-2020, which raised the coastal forest coverage from 16.9 percent in 2014 to 17 percent last year.
The Government of Vietnam has been implementing drastic measures to increase forest coverage in the Central Highlands region, while improving output of coffee and high value crops in easing deforestation.
Vietnam has over 14.41 million hectares of forest, of which, standardized area is over 13.71 million hectares, with forest coverage ratio of 41.45%, according to latest statistics announced by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).
The northern province of Tuyen Quang has planted 12,323 hectares of forest, exceeding its 2017 plan by nearly 1,200 hectares, raising forest coverage to 60%, one of the highest rates in the country.
Vietnam aims to increase the nationwide forest coverage to 42%, equivalent to 14.4 million hectares, by 2020, according to the target programme on sustainable forest development during 2016-2020 recently approved by the Prime Minister.
As of December 31, 2016, Vietnam had a total forest area of nearly 14.378 million hectares, including over 10.242 million hectares of natural forest and more than 4.135 million hectares of planted area, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has asked the central province of Quang Tri to fully tap all available resources to further step up its development in the time to come.
The central province of Thua Thien-Hue launched a tree planting festival on February 2 with 120 sao den trees (Hopea odorata), a rare species, planted in An Dong ward of Hue city.
The forestry sector will protect, develop and sustainably use existing forest areas and land fund for forest development with a view to raising the country’s forest coverage to 47.25% in 2017.
The northern mountainous province of Tuyen Quang has set to plant 11,400 hectares of new forests in 2017, raising its forest coverage to over 60%.
The planted forest area in Vietnam reached 128,800 hectares in the first eight months of this year, a year-on-year decline of 8.7 percent, due to floods in northern mountainous provinces in August, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The central city of Danang is making every effort to raise the ratio of forest coverage to over 45%, with nearly 41,000 hectares of natural and 16,000 hectares of planted forest.
Nearly 2,600 ha of forest have been cultivated in the northern province of Hoa Binh under a project using official development assistance (ODA) from the German Government.
Vietnam’s forestry sector has gained significant achievements thanks to timely direction of the government, coordinated efforts of agencies, as well as technical and financial assistance of foreign donors.
State President Truong Tan Sang stressed the importance of tree planting and protection in addressing climate change at a festival in Ninh Binh province on January 29.
Reducing the area and quality of forests is the main cause for natural disasters that cause great human and property losses.
The forestry sector will continue the project to plant 5 million ha of trees to improve the quality and value of forests and increase the country’s forest coverage to 42 percent by 2015, said Ha Cong Tuan, Deputy Director General of the General Forestry Office.