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Vietnamese province wants to clear 12,700 hectares of forest for project development

Monday, January 15, 2018, 20:02 GMT+7
Vietnamese province wants to clear 12,700 hectares of forest for project development
A young boy stands on the edge of his house situated within a sedentary farming and residence project in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Authorities in Dak Lak Province, located in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, are planning to wipe out nearly 12,700 hectares of forest for the implementation of various projects deemed essential for local development.

A leader of the provincial People’s Committee confirmed on Monday morning that the administration had submitted a document to the Vietnam Administration of Forestry, informing it of the area of forest needed for such projects.

The document, which was signed by Y Giang Gry Nie Knong, Dak Lak’s deputy chairman, stated that all development projects in the Central Highlands province would cover 23,900 hectares by 2020.

The implementation of these projects would require the conversion of nearly 12,700 hectares of forest, including over 10,000 hectares of commercial forest, more than 1,700 hectares of protection forest, and about 427 hectares of special-use forest.

Upon being cleared, about 4,000 hectares of land will be reserved for sedentary farming and residence (SFR), over 1,755 hectares for projects on national defense and security, and 4,430 hectares for energy projects, most of which would focus on solar power.

A farm is established after a section of forest in the Yok Don National Park, located in Dak Lak Province, has been cleared by local residents. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A farm is established after a section of forest in the Yok Don National Park, located in Dak Lak Province, has been cleared by local residents. Photo: Tuoi Tre

SFR is often carried out by the government to solve problems related to nomadic farming and to protect natural resources and the environment. 

Another 937 hectares will be zoned for irrigation works, 784 hectares for agriculture and forestry projects, and 687 hectares for trade and service operations.

Dak Lak authorities asked the Administration of Forestry, which is under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, to submit the proposal to the central government for approval.

The forest conversion plan has already been endorsed by authorized agencies, Dak Lak officials said.

Meanwhile, the listed projects are included in the province’s development plan until 2020.    

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