Tree planting festival targets sustainable forest protection

(VOVWORLD) - During the past few days of the Lunar New Year, Vietnam’s northern provinces have organized tree planting festivals, which were first launched by President Ho Chi Minh in 1959. This year’s campaign plans to plant 195,000 hectares of forests – an additional 50 million trees - throughout the country.
 Tree planting festival targets sustainable forest protection - ảnh 1

President Tran Dai Quang launches tree planting festival in Bac Kan

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development says the tree planting festival this year aims to ensure sustainable growth of coastal forests to mitigate the impact of rising sea level and sea dyke erosion and improve the quality of wood in order to realize the Program on Sustainable Forest Development. In addition to covering bare hills, tree planting needs to ensure the quality of wood exports to improve the living conditions of who derive their living from forests.

Cao Chi Cong is Deputy Director of the Forestry Administration of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development: “We will strictly control the quality of seedlings provided to farmers and enterprises in order to increase the quality and value of wood. We will review standards in forest plantation and seedlings, increase communications, and duplicate models of community forests.”

Afforestation movements have been expanded in Yen Bai province helping to increase forest coverage to 63%, one of the largest forest areas in Vietnam. This year, the province plans to plant more than 15,000 ha of forests.

300 trees with high wood density have been planted in Son La province in the past few days. The tree planting festival has raised the community’s awareness about the benefits of environmental protection. Phan Thu Trang is a Youth Union member: “The festival is of great significance showing the community’s joint efforts to protect the environment. I hope there will be more such practical activities to mobilize the public to improve the living environment.”