|Protective forest is destroyed in Duong To Commune, Phu Quoc Island. Deforestation and encroachment are rampant especially in Duong To and Ham Ninh communes and An Thoi town. — Photo baodatviet.vn
HCM CITY (VNS) — There have been 33 fires and cases of deforestation, illegal logging, and encroachment in Phu Quoc island this year involving an area of 278,628sq.m.
Deforestation and encroachment are rampant especially in Duong To and Ham Ninh communes and An Thoi town.
According to the local Forest Protection Sub-department, in 2009-14 it discovered and fined 26 violations involving 19,000ha of deforestation.
The threats to the forest cover seem to be worsening.
To combat the situation and protect the forests, the Kien Giang Province People's Committee has instructed all related departments and the island's People's Committee to reject all requests to lease forest lands by investors.
The former has asked the Phu Quoc Protective Forest management to strengthen oversight of such forest areas that were removed from the Phu Quoc National Park by the Government to develop urban areas but remain unmarked.
Authorities will soon remove all animals and crops found illegally on forest lands and work closely with law enforcement to investigate the illegal purchase and use of forest land. — VNS