|The number of serious illegal logging in Lam Dong Province increased in the first four months of 2015. — VNA/VNS Photo The Lap
LAM DONG (VNS) — Illegal cutting of trees increased alarmingly in the Central Highlands Lam Dong Province in the first four months of this year, a report by the provincial People's Committee said.
The number of serious violations increased in the first four months of 2015, compared with the same period last year, especially organised cutting of trees by many ethnic and minority people in Lac Duong, Dam Rong, Lam Ha and Bao Lam districts, the report said.
The committee said more than 600 cases of violation were detected and dealt with since the beginning of 2015. Most of them related to illegal collection of forest products, logging, trading and transport, even though the province has implemented several measures to strengthen forest management and protection.
The total number of cases of cutting of trees has declined by nearly 100, but the number of cases involving organised cutting of trees increased by 39, along with an increase of nearly 27ha of destroyed forest area.
The committee has asked localities to strengthen forest management and to mobilise the whole political system towards forest protection and development.
The province aims to reduce illegal logging and destruction of forest area by at least 20 per cent in 2015, in comparison with the previous year. Organisational activities and human resources will be reorganised in localities that lack effective measures to handle problems of deforestation, encroachment of forest land and illegal logging.
The provincial police have been asked to work with the forest management authority to investigate and strictly handle those violating the law.
Districts such as Dam Rong, Lac Duong, Don Duong and Lam Ha, as well as Duc Trong, Di Linh, Bao Lam and Da Huoai, besides Ta Den have been asked to map out key areas that face serious problems of deforestation, and to draw up appropriate plans to prevent and handle cases of violation. — VNS