HA NOI – As much as 400 ha of protective forest in southern Bac Lieu Province have been encroached on by the sea since 2009, according to the provincial Department of Forest Management.
Department Head Nguyen Van Phuc said 4,600 ha of protective forest are located along a 54km East Sea dyke system, from Soc Trang Province to Bac Lieu Province's Dong Hai District, safeguarding hundreds of thousands of households living in the area.
He said the forest also protected thousands of hectares of aquaculture and salt production facilities from rising tides, waves and natural disasters.
A recent survey found the thickest part of the forest to be in Hoa Binh District (1.3km) while the thinnest lies in Bac Lieu City's Vinh Trach Dong Commune (60m).
It is reported that the forest area in Vinh Trach Dong Commune has reduced by half in terms of thickness compared to 15 years ago due to sea encroachment.
Phuc confirmed his department, alongside the Dyke Protection Department, has called for increased investment in dyke and embankment construction as well as in tree planting to minimize the ocean's effects on the region.
"The impact of global climate change and illegal logging is threatening provincial forests. If relevant sectors do not act in time, the lives of local people will also come into jeopardy," Phuc said. -- VNS