Only 2.2 per cent of the nation's total forest area are under community management, and a strong legal framework is needed to develop this model, participants said at seminar held in the central province of Thua Thien – Hue on Wednesday.
Viet Nam has more than 13.5 million hectares of forest, accounting for 40.8 per cent of the country's total area, the Forestry Protection Department reported at the seminar.
Nhan Dan (The People)
HCM City youth help join in clean-up
More than 7,000 Youth Union members have participated in several activities promoting a clean urban lifestyle in HCM City. They have run campaigns asking city residents to maintain environmental hygiene and collected trash in residential areas.
The city's Youth Union reported at a review meeting on Wednesday that its members at all levels have contributed to beautifying the environment along the Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe canal. They are also carrying out a project to plant 500,000 trees and improve the landscape along the Sai Gon River.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)
Heat leads to high power consumption
Power consumption in HCM City reached a record high of 58.5 million kWh a day on Tuesday.
The HCM City Power Corporation said the recent heat wave has increased the use of fans and air-conditioners in the city.
Power consumption is set to increase further in the coming days. The corporation has called on residents to be thrifty in the use of electricity.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Saigon)
Hailstorms hit northern provinces
A hailstorm lasting about seven minutes hit northern Lao Cai Province's Sa Pa District between 11:58pm on Tuesday and 0:05am on Wednesday.
This was the sixth hailstorm that the province has seen since March 27. It was a small one that did little damage, according to the Sa Pa Meteorological Observation Station.
On Tuesday, Lai Chau Province, also in the north, experienced two hailstorms in Lai Chau Town. The first one lasted five minutes and with hailstones of 15mm diameter approximately. The second one lasting 10 minutes delivered 20mm hailstones.
Tin Tuc (News)
Ministries look to stabilise milk prices
Four ministries of Industry and Trade, Finance, Health, and Science and Technology will soon discuss measures to stabilise milk prices, the Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday.
They will petition the Government for stricter management of products that contain milk, including food supplements. Violations relating to milk quality, food advertisements, import and distribution will be punished strictly, the ministry said.
Lao Dong (Labour)
Investment priority for 331 communes
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a list of 331 communes in coastal and island areas in 22 provinces that will receive investment priority for infrastructure projects in the coming three years (2013-15).
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times)