|A photo shows a corner of Nam Cat Tien Forest in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong. The forest's management board has tightened measures to protect the forest. — Photo baodaknong.org
DAK NONG (VNS) — The management board of Nam Cat Tien Forest in cooperation with local authorities are implementing measures to further secure 14,000ha of protection forest, said board director Nguyen Ngoc Xuan.
The protection forest of Nam Cat Tien stretches over 30km in Dak R' Lap district and Gia Nghia township in the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) province of Dak Nong.
The Vietnam News Agency had recently reported that Nam Cat Tien's protection forest was severely destroyed.
The agency quoted the local people in Dak Sin Commune, Dak R'Lap district, as saying that some hundreds of people cut down trees in the forest for timber every day.
To counter this situation and to protect the forest, the management board has signed contracts worth VND5 billion (US$ 230,000) a year with 357 households, including ethnic minorities, in the district.
The contract will also help stop burning the forest for cultivation and increase the community's awareness of the need for forest protection as well.
The board has taken concrete fire fighting measures in every area of the forest as well as organised training courses in forest protection and skill improvement for contractors.
The board is also co-operating with forest rangers from Dak R'Lap district and Gia Nghia township and local governments to prevent and detect deforestation activities.
Individuals who are found destroying forests or abetting forest destruction activities are given strict punishments. — VNS