Forest rangers in Phu Quoc Island City off Kien Giang Province, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, caught two people red-handed illegally cutting down trees in a forest on Friday afternoon.
The two men — 39-year-old Tong Thanh Si and 25-year-old Nguyen Van Phat — destroyed a forest area of 1,910 square meters at the Phu Quoc National Park at the time the rangers arrived.
The duo have been temporarily kept in custody and relevant exhibits have been confiscated for legal proceedings against the case.
Lam Minh Thanh, chairman of the People’s Committee of Kien Giang Province, signed a decision to establish the Phu Quoc National Park’s forest protection department on Thursday, placing its head office in Xom Moi Hamlet, Bai Thom Commune, Phu Quoc City.
The unit will protect forests in eight communes and wards, including Duong Dong Ward, An Thoi Ward, Duong To Commune, Ham Ninh Commune, Bai Thom Commune, Ganh Dau Commune, Cua Can Communend, and Cua Duong Commune.
The Phu Quoc National Park covers a total area of 31,422 hectares, comprising 8,603 hectares of strictly protected area, 22,603 hectares of biological restoration area, and 33 hectares for administration and service, according to Wikipedia.