|Illustrative photo. Three forestry companies will be investigated. — VNA/VNS Photo|Viet Nam News
GIA LAI — The Central Highlands province of Gia Lai has decided to carry out comprehensive inspections over the use and management of forest land and forest protection funds in the province.
Three forestry companies will be inspected during this campaign, including Lơ Ku Forestry Ltd Co, Kông H’de Forestry Ltd Co and Ka Nak Forestry Ltd Co.
The inspection results on the use and management of forest land and forest protection funds by these companies during the 2013-18 period are expected to be announced after 45 days.
The move aims at preventing and handling wrongdoings found at forestry companies in the province.
In 2018, inspections at six management boards of protective forests in the province discovered the loss of more than 5,000ha of forest as well as signs of land forest encroachment and misuse of the forest protection and management fund.
The inspection also found a number of officials and leaders of the management boards to have violated forest protection regulations. Head of the management board of Bắc Biển Hồ Protective Forest Nguyễn Đức was found to have illegally taken more than 84,000sq.m of forest land to use as farmland to grow coffee, pepper and build a house.
Local police started criminal proceedings against the violators.
Last December, a local agricultural and forestry company in Krông Pa District of Gia Lai was reported to have damaged about 30,000sq.m of forest land. District police have started criminal proceedings against the perpetrators of the deforestation. — VNS