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Forest destruction cause for alarm in Central Highlands

Update: July, 14/2015 - 09:29
Pine forest is destroyed in Da Lat City of Lam Dong Central Highland Province. Deforestation and the ensuing depletion of forestry land has become an alarming problem in the region. — Photo tintaynguyen.com

DAK LAK (VNS) — Deforestation and the ensuing depletion of forestry land has become an alarming problem in the Central Highlands region.

In the first six months of this year, there were 3,641 violations reported, according to the Steering Committee for the Central Highlands Region.

They included 93 cases of land transgressions and removing trees to create farm land. A total of 236 hectares has been destroyed.

Deforestation and illegal timber removal was reported mostly in natural forests, border areas, natural reserves and national parks where forest protection is known to be poor, the committee said.

Illegal timber trading along the border was complicated by inefficient prevention measures. Meanwhile, forest replanting and recovery work was limited, added the committee.

To arrack the problems, the committee urged localities to strictly follow the Prime Minister's directions on forest protection and deforestation control.

Regional localities should also increase State management over forests and forest land, strengthen inspections, address violations and have forestation plans.

It also advised localities to request enterprises and investors to plant trees to replace destroyed areas. — VNS

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