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Experts slam failure to save old trees

Update: March, 24/2015 - 09:37
Distinguished scientists and experts in the field of urban planning raised many challenges at a conference yesterday to review Ha Noi's urban tree planning. — VNA/VNS Photo Doan Tan
HA NOI (VNS) — Distinguished scientists and experts in the field of urban planning raised many challenges at a conference yesterday to review Ha Noi's urban tree planning.

Vice chairman of the Federation of Civil Engineering Associations, Pham Si Liem, who is also a former Deputy Minister of Construction, highlighted the importance of trees in city life.

He said that besides basic functions such as providing shade, oxygen and reducing dust and pollution, trees also helped maintain a diversified environment.

He also noted that the city must strive to preserve what was left of the city's natural habitat and propose a clear plan as to what plants will be used to replace trees that are removed.

Chairman of the Viet Nam Biology Association, Nguyen Lan Dung, said Ha Noi, the capital city of Viet Nam, had always prided itself on its ancient street trees.

He demanded that any urban development plan involving a large number of trees being moved or cut down must be discussed with scientists, experts and residents.

Professor. Nguyen Tien Hiep from Viet Nam Centre for Plant Conservation urged the city to form a panel of leading scientists and experts to select trees to replace those removed to ensure they are suitable for the city's urban habitat.

Other experts voiced concerns about how the city condemned the old trees by claiming they were old and infected with diseases. Many asked why the city did not try to save them instead of removing them.

Participants said the city should focus on planting more trees in newly developed urban areas, which currently have few trees per square kilometre, instead of uprooting trees in older areas. — VNS

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