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Officials fired, two others suspended in deforestation case

Update: March, 18/2016 - 00:00
A tent was set up by the local people for the deforestation in Sơn Trà Peninsula in central Đà Nẵng City. — Photo phapluatplus.vn

ĐÀ NẴNG (VNS) — Đà Nẵng Province’s Forest Protection Sub-department has dismissed two leaders of the Sơn Trà Peninsula Forest Management Unit and suspended two others over the recent deforestation issue.

The incident had seriously affected the lives of endangered animals and stirred public outrage.

Trần Văn Thanh, head of the unit, and Lê Phước Bảy, deputy head of the unit, were sacked for irresponsible management and supervision and for being slow to report the issue to the authorised agencies.

Lê Văn Hải and Phan Văn Khoa, the two forest rangers of the unit, were also suspended for 12 months for failing to report the incident to officials.

Previously, the local press had reported on the logging activities taking place in the buffer zone of Sơn Trà Peninsula. These activities continued for at least a month, but the management did not know about it until a video was posted on Facebook late last month.

Initial investigations showed that more than 7ha of trees were chopped down, seriously affecting the endangered species living in the area.

Sơn Trà covers 4,439ha of land, located only 10km east of the Đà Nẵng City center. The forest in Son Tra is a protected habitat for many red-shanked douc families. More than 300 red-shanked doucs, more than 985 flora species and 378 fauna species are estimated to live there.The red-shanked douc is one of 25 primate species in Việt Nam. The animals only live in the wild in three countries of Indochina. — VNS

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