Bac Giang farmers deplete forest

Last update 17:56 | 12/06/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – The northern province of Bac Giang’s People’s Committee has asked authorities in Son Dong and Luc Ngan districts to take measures to better manage and protect forests in the localities.

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The northern province of Bac Giang’s People’s Committee has asked authorities in Son Dong and Luc Ngan districts to take measures to better manage and protect forests in the localities. — Photo

Since mid 2016, local farmers reportedly chopped down natural forest to make room for industrial trees which generate more income.

In May, 2016, nearly 200 people in Khe Tau Hamlet, Luc Ngan District chopped down 63ha of natural forest which had been allocated to three local households in 1994.

The police investigation into the cause stalled as police failed to identify all involved parties.

Late last year, locals burned forest to make room for industrial trees but the fire not only destroyed their 23.7ha of forest but also another 28.7ha of forest of Mai Son Plantation.

Head of Bac Giang Forest Protection Division Ha Minh Quy told Tien phong (Vanguard) newspaper that last year, forest rangers recorded 73 deforestation violations. In the first half of this year, they encountered 30 cases of deforestation, with a total destroyed area of 16.7ha.

The deforestation was mostly in areas allocated to local farmers for management and protection, however many farmers chopped down the natural forest trees and planted industrial trees like Keo (acacia) or sandalwood trees.

Quy said that the deforestation occurred as farmers lacked production land and they could earn more money from industrial trees.

“Local authorities and forest rangers found it difficult to manage the forest as loggers chopped down trees on areas they were allocated by the Government,” he said.

Forest rangers now had to protect the forest from both illegal loggers and local residents, he said.

Vice head of Bac Giang Province People’s Committee Duong Van Thai said during a recent visit to the two districts that without proper management, the province could lose its 4,000ha of natural forest.

“It’s right to develop the economy but it’s not acceptable to make a trade-off between economic returns and forest conservation,” he said.

He also called on more communication to increase public awareness about forest protection. Farmers who are charged with managing and protecting the forest must agree not to chop trees down illegally, he said.


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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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