HCM CITY — Illegal deforestation activities are widespread across the nation, says the latest report from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's General Forestry Department.
Since the beginning of this year, 2,463 illegal logging cases have been found nationwide. In actions taken in several cases, 44 forest rangers have been injured and four people killed, according to the report.
Local authorities should immediately act to educate and come up with necessary solutions to end the illegal exploitation, said Ha Cong Tuan, deputy head of the department.
He was speaking last Thursday at the National Conference on Forestry Management and Protection in the Central Highland province of Gia Lai.
Tuan also called on the local authorities to bring illegal cases to court.
"In the long term, localities should properly use land and forest resources as mentioned in the socio-economic master plan," he said.
The situation of illegal forest exploitation was particularly bad in the northern provinces of Bac Kan, Lang Son and Thai Nguyen; the central provinces of Quang Binh, Quang Nam and Khanh Hoa; and the Central Highland province of Dak Lak, the conference heard. — VNS