PHU YEN (VNS) — Coastal protection forests in the southern Phu Yen Province's Tuy An district have been again cut down for shrimp breeding.
The situation has been developing in recent days, but the local authorities have not yet taken any measures to curb it.
Several dozens of metres of the forest in Phu Luong Hamlet, near Tan Quy Sea, was encroached on, while pine forests were chopped down in other areas to set up poles around shrimp breeding ponds.
The local authorities denied any such development till local reporters showed them photos of the trees that were cut down.
The problem of protection forest encroachment has been troubling the province for many years. The situation became worse in 2011 and 2013. The provincial authorities requested the Tuy An District to investigate and strictly punish individuals and organisations responsible for the encroachment.
Forty-eight cases of violation, involving the encroachment of 41,000sq.m of protection forest, were discovered, and two party committees and six officials of the districts were punished.
The guilty shrimp breeders were also fined and forced to replant the forests. — VNS