Protective forests are being slowly destroyed

Last update 08:10 | 08/03/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – Protective forests are being cut down at a high rate, despite laws that oversee such violations. 

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Many trees in the natural forests of the mountainous district of Da Krong in Quang Tri province have been chopped down. When reporters visited the site in late February, they could see felled trunks in disorder on the ground with sap still dripping.

Three forest rangers, present at the civil guard post, when asked why the forest was ruined, said they tried to persuade people to stop felling trees and reported the deforestation to relevant agencies, but the forest was still ravaged.

A local official said that illegal loggers were the local ethnic minority people. “When inspectors came, they could not find any loggers because loggers were warned first,” he explained.

According to Tran Van Ty, director of the Huong Hoa – Dak Rong Protection Forest, the deforestation in Wards No 678D and 688 began in early November.

“As the road to the Khe Nghi hydropower plant, which runs across the protection forest, has been opened, local people find it easier to exploit wood illegally,” Ty said.

Protective forests are being cut down at a high rate, despite laws that oversee such violations. 

He admitted that his team failed to prevent people from felling trees. “We are told to manage 12,000 hectares of forest, but we can only assign five officers to the work,” he said, adding that the officers ‘have to protect the forest with empty hands’.

The forest owner, who felt powerless in dealing with deforestation, has asked for help from the Dak Rong commune People’s Committee and Dak Rong Forest Ranger Unit. However, this did nothing.

A check-point station was set up from mid-November 2016 to January 25, 2017 and during that time, locals stopped going to the forest. However, as soon as the station was removed, people once again rushed to start cutting down trees.

The devastation occurs not only in the hot spot of Quang Tri province, but in many other localities throughout the country.

Nguyen Van Dung, mayor of Hoi An City in Quang Nam province, said the narrowing of protection forest has caused serious problems to local authorities.

Local people in the tourist city have encroached on protection forest areas to develop tourism. Restaurants and hotels have been mushrooming along the coastal roads.

They don’t think about what will happen if storms rush down and forests no longer exist there to protect them.

In related news, the Tien Lang district authorities in Hai Phong City is dealing with a case in which 750 square meters of protection forest have been devastated just 2 kilometers from dyke footing.

In Ca Mau province, four hectares of important protective forest were found destroyed.


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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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