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Vietnamese and Japanese youths plant trees

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Vietnamese and Japanese youths plant trees

QĐND – Sunday, August 01, 2010, 21:5 (GMT+7)

More than 300 Vietnamese and Japanese volunteers, on July 30th, planted trees in Lang Co Town, Phu Loc District in the central province of Thua Thien – Hue.

The activities are under a forest planting program launched by Japan’s Aeon group. With an investment of 1.32 billion VND, funded by the Japanese group, the program will be carried out from 2010 to 2015.

About 34 ha of forest will be grown. Every year, young people from the two countries will take part in a tree planting campaign.

The program gives a good chance for both Vietnamese and Japanese youth to exchange and share experiences as well as improve the relationship between the two countries.

The program will make Lang Co Town more beautiful and attractive tourist site in Hue City.

Source: Tuoi Tre

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Panacea seekers chop down endangered trees

In Vietnam Society on November 23, 2009 at 10:16 am

Rumors that trees known as Chinese Swamp Cypress can treat all diseases, including cancer, have led local residents in the Central Highlands province of Dac Lac rushing to chop down forests in search of the alleged cure-all.

All Chinese Swamp Cypress trees in Dac Lac Province’s Trap K’Sor forest are numbered. Illegal loggers seek out the endangered trees believing them to be a cure-all for diseases. (Photo: SGGP)

In addition to its rumored disease-curing properties, Chinese Swamp Cypress (Glyptostrobus pensilis) is also sought after for its sturdy wood and beautiful red-brown color.

The trees, however, are no longer reproducing and are listed in the Vietnam Red Book of endangered species.

Chinese Swamp Cypress are located in Ea Ral and Trap K’Sor forests of Ea H’Leo and Krong Nang Districts respectively. They are the two last known areas where the species grows in the world, with only around 280 trees left in total. 

Nguyen Van Kiem, head of the Krong Nang District forest management station, said that the rumor started after a TV game show aired on June 5, 2009, which featured a question about a type of tree able to treat all diseases. The answer provided by the host was the Chinese Swamp Cypress.

A day after the program aired, hundreds of residents in Krong Nang District rushed to Trap K’Sor forest searching out the precious trees.

The forest management station was forced to ask police to intervene and the residents were ordered not to cut down the wood. 

However, the station has since reported 16 cases where trees were found chopped down, totaling 43 cubic meters of wood.

Twelve more cases involving 15 people illegally exploiting and trading the precious wood at Ea Ral, have also been reported.

Dac Lac Province has now set up two stations to protect the trees at Trap K’Sor and Ea Ral, however, the work has met with many difficulties due to a lack of financial and human resources.

Trap K’Sor station has just three staff to protect 29 trees, which are scattered over 51.6 hectares of thick forest and swamps.

The Ea H’Leo District forest management station has asked the Dac Lac Province Forest Management Sub-Department to establish a Chinese Swamp Cypress biological area, but it has yet to be approved.

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Gia Lai targets 125,000 ha of rubber trees by 2015

In Vietnam Economy on October 24, 2009 at 3:02 am

Gia Lai targets 125,000 ha of rubber trees by 2015

QĐND – Thursday, October 22, 2009, 21:2 (GMT+7)

The Central Highland province of Gia Lai has zoned off between 120,000-125,000 ha for rubber growing by 2015 and the area is expected to increase to 130,000-135,000 ha by 2020. 

The province now has 76,700 ha of rubber trees and the remaining will be developed from poor natural forests and bare forest land. Most of the new plantations will be in south-western districts such as Duc Co, Chuprong, La Grai, Chu Se and Chupah. 

The expansion of rubber growing areas is expected to help improve the local people’s living conditions as the tree yields profit two times higher than cashew or short-term industrial crops. 

The number of workers involving in rubber production now accounts for 11.2 percent of the province’s total 390,000 agro-forestry labourers. 

In the future, if the province’s scheme is achieved, the rubber sector will create jobs for around 70,000 labourers.

Source: VOV

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Lam Dong Province to plant new trees for old

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2008 at 12:50 pm

LAM DONG — The Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) province of Lam Dong is planning to cut tens of thousands of hectares of natural pine forests throughout the province and replace them with high-value cash crops, according to the deputy director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Le Van Minh.

The project, part of a provincial afforestation plan to 2020, calls for 1,400ha of pine to be cut per year and immediately replaced with cash crops including bead-tree and bamboo. The plan is expected to supply 500,000cu.m of timber a year by 2020.

“We have decided to replace natural pine forests with others because the pine is old and stunted. Cutting the trees and planting new ones will help local people improve their living standards,” said Minh.

“We have carefully carried out relevant studies before developing the project. We will publicise the details after submitting it to the Government.”

Minh said the project was designed with high feasibility.

In the dark

However, many local people do not know about it, including Deputy Chairman and General Secretary of Lam Dong Science and Technology Association Nguy Xung Hung.

Hung said his organisa-tion did not hear about the project until it was released in the mass media. “It’s a pity that if the project is approved, we, the relevant sectors, did not have a chance to contribute our ideas.”

Painter Pham Mui, a member of the Viet Nam Art Association, said he did not have enough economic information to assess the project, but he had doubts about its feasibility.

“Da Lat built a golf course in a spot that used to be the most beautiful place in the city. But the golf course has lost money in the last 16 years, and people continue to build many golf courses in the province. I don’t know why, for what?” asked Mui.

“From the view of a painter, I feel anguish. I hope the Government will consider this project carefully before making a decision.”

Deputy head of the Department of Forestry under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Develoment Nguyen Quang Duong said his department had received the proposal from Lam Dong Province. However, he did not know much about it.

“In my opinion, if the 60-70 year old pine forest’s exploitation value is low, it’s necessary to cut it down and plant new ones. I support the province’s plan. However, we need to define the age of every forested area to avoid mistakes,” said Duong.

Head of Lam Dong Department of Forest Cat Quoc Khanh said he agreed with the project because afforestation helps create jobs and improve living standards for local people, especially ethnic minority people living in the forest.

“It’s feasible, but it needs a clear plan,” said Khanh.

Khanh said the project does not include protected forests and forests with special uses, like tourism areas and areas near lakes and streams. The project would only be carried out in forested areas marked for the purpose of production and trade.

“We’ll cut it down and then plant new ones immediately. It’s necessary to have a systematic plan including good seedlings and a closed system from investment to processing,” said Khanh.

Minh and Khanh stress that the project is very feasible and will help improve the local economy. —

Trees keep falling while authorities bicker

In Uncategorized on September 26, 2008 at 1:47 pm

Forest rangers confiscate smuggled logs in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue. About 231 of 11,000ha of forest has been destroyed in the province’s Huong Tra District in the past four years. — VNA/VNS Photo Ngo Lich

HCM CITY — Watershed forests of the Huong River in central Viet Nam have suffered rampant destruction over the last few years, but authorities are passing the buck on the failure to take punitive measures.

An estimated 231.6 out of 11,306ha of forests have been destroyed in Hue Province’s Huong Tra District during the last four years.

In 1993, the Hue People’s Committee had designated a team of forestry experts to manage the protected watershed forests of Huong River in the district.

However, many residents have logged trees in the protected area to augment their income and improve living standards. The destroyed area includes a buffer area of 94.9 ha maintained to prevent soil erosion along the embankment and coastal areas, and act as windbreaks in sandy areas.

Local authorities say that although the residents had been fined several times, they continued to destroy the watershed forests.

The destroyed area has increased from 82.7ha of forest in 2006 to 231.6ha in 2008.

Admitting that he had cleared the protected area to plant acacia trees, Nguyen Tu Quan says he did it because of “poor management from the local authority as well as forest management team”.

Quan had been fined many times but he has persisted with the illegal activity.

As many as 100 households living in or near destroyed forest areas have participated in illegal activity. However, they all claim to be unaware it was illegal.

“With no land to farm, we have to exploit the forest to earn money,” a villager said.

In fact, most forest area in Thua Thien-Hue is under the management of State-owned farms or offices while local villagers face a shortage of farm land.

Cao Vuong Thien of Hong Tien Commune illegally cleared 16ha of the forest in 2006 – 2007, but the provincial authorities have not taken due action against him.

The problem of illegal logging has increased as the management team denied they were to blame.

Over the last four years, no violators have been punished.

“The punishment is the responsibility of relevant agencies, not our duty”, said Nguyen Van Vuong, deputy head of the management team. “Our responsibilities are only forest management and protection”.

Meanwhile, Nguyen Xuan Ty, Vice Chairman of Huong Tra District’s People’s Committee said although the majority of illegal loggers were actually residents of the district, action against them must be the duty of the management team.

The violators are now fined just VND100,000 (US$6.06) each, not enough to deter them from continuing to fell the trees.

The 231.6ha of destroyed forest in Huong Tra District including protected and cultivated forest was under the management board of Huong River’s watershed forest.

Also according to the chief of the management board, Nguyen Huu Cu, a main cause of rampant destruction was that the board have no power to punish violators while the local people’s committee only dishes out light punishments.

Nguyen Van Anh, deputy head of Thua Thien Hue Province’s Forest Protection Sub – Department, told the Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer) newspaper that both forest protection and management duties had been assigned to the management team.

Therefore, it was responsible for the inaction on deforestation, he said.

However, local authorities are looking for the most sensible way of settling the problem. Current measures to demolish violated areas aiming at restoring original forest seem unreasonable.

Many households who took out bank loans to plant acacia trees on destroyed forest can harvest in the next two years.

Binh Dien Commune’s People’s Committee chairman Nguyen Dai Hoa said if local authorities demolish violated areas, these households would fall into massive debt. —