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Lam Dong earmarks fire prevention funds

Update: January, 15/2015 - 09:27
Lam Dong's forest area extends across more than 580ha, accounting for 59 per cent of the province's natural area. — File Photo

HCM CITY (VNS) — The Central Highlands province of Lam Dong has earmarked VND13.9 billion (US$651,969) this year for forest-fire prevention during the dry season.

The amount divided among 38 of the province's forest-management agencies will be used to buy and repair fire-fighting equipment.

Funds will also be used to upgrade temporary fire-watching huts and permanent fire-watching towers, redesign fire-ban signs, collect meteorology data and print maps, maintain regular patrols, and hold fire-drilling and educational campaigns.

In a related issue, the Bidoup-Nui Ba National Park will submit plans for a project to improve forest management and protection to the Ministry of Planning and Investment for approval.

Lam Dong's forest area extends across more than 580ha, accounting for 59 per cent of the province's natural area.

Last year, the number of forest fires declined from 92 to 40, damaging 131.5ha, 66.8 fewer than the figure of the previous year. — VNS

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