|Tả Liên Sơn forest in the northern province of Lai Châu. - VNA/VNS Photo|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — More than one million hectares of productive and protective Vietnamese forest should receive a new certification by 2030.
A sustainable forest management project set the new targets, which were recently approved by Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc.
The certification will recognise legal wood sources in order to help Vietnamese wood qualify for domestic and international market criteria.
The project will certify 300,000ha of forest by 2020, with up to one million additional hectares certified by 2030. The areas in question are managed by organisations, households and the protective forest management board.
The goal is to establish planted forests as a source of wood to ensure at least 80 per cent of Việt Nam’s exported wood products are sustainably sourced.
In turn, this will reduce poverty and hunger among planters while expanding the forestry sector.
Việt Nam will also recognise certificates issued by international organisations.
The project requires local authorities to use sustainable forest management practices to qualify for the certification.
Forest owners are encouraged to connect with wood processing businesses to form a coherent production chain.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has been assigned to instruct relevant businesses and localities to implement the project.
Việt Nam currently has 235,000ha of certified forests, including 88,000ha of natural forests and 147,000ha of planted forests. — VNS