Vietnam to increase forestry cover to 42 per cent by 2020

Vietnam has pledged to increase its forest coverage to 42 per cent by 2020, and 45 per cent by 2030. 

The targets are among the REDD+ programme from 2017-2030 recently approved by Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc.

The REDD+ programme will be implemented across the country, focused in areas prone to deforestation and forest-degradation. It will also reduce emissions by boosting forest conservation and increasing forest coverage.

In the 2021 to 2030 period, the programme will stabilise natural forest acreage and increase forest coverage, contributing to the nation target of reducing emissions by eight per cent.      

The programme will also make way for 16.2 million hectares of agricultural land in 2020, assist sustainable agricultural and fishery production and strengthen forest law enforcement.

At the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s meeting in March, the ministry reported that four years after launching an agricultural restructure project, forest coverage increased from 39.7 per cent in 2011 to 40.84 per cent in 2015.

Forestry production value was also rising fast, reaching average growth of 6.57 per cent a year, against 5.03 per cent during 2010-12, the ministry reported.

Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng emphasised environmental protection, improving forest productivity and increasing the competitiveness of forestry products are key to resource protection and sustainable development.

 

Source: VietNam News