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Central Highlands suffers deforestation

Update: November, 11/2013 - 09:23
The region has 5.4 million hectares of natural land, but forest areas have declined significantly due to loose management by authorities, leading to improper use, according to Ba's report.— File Photo

HA NOI (VNS)— Land degradation is seriously affecting Central Highlands provinces, Le Huy Ba from Nguyen Tat Thanh University said at a seminar in HCM City.

The region has 5.4 million hectares of natural land, but forest areas have declined significantly due to loose management by authorities, leading to improper use, according to Ba's report.

Unscientific cultivation has caused a great loss of vegetation on the earth surface, leading to land erosion. Hundreds of hectares of production land and thousands of tonnes of nutrition and organic matter have eroded into the Mekong River and East Sea every year.

In addition, the declining forest coverage reduced underground water, land humidity and the microorganism population. The result is that farmland has become poorer and poorer. Some areas in the Central Highlands have annual droughts and even face risks of desertification.

Speaking at the seminar, scientists suggested restricting the use of forestland and reorganising the plantation structure in the Central Highlands. They stressed that local farmers should diversify what they plant, rather than just planting coffee, in order to maintain an ecological balance. — VNS

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