PM orders probe into Dak Lak illegal logging

Last update 16:58 | 16/06/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked Dak Lak Province’s People’s Committee to investigate illegal logging in Ea Sup District.

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Timbers cut down by illegal loggers seized by Dak Lak Province’s forest protection division. — Photo nhandan.com.vn

The PM’s order has been prompted by several reports in local newspapers since early March about large-scale deforestation in the district. For example, the Nhan dan (People) newspaper reported that forest rangers had seized nearly 100 cubic metres of wood cut down by illegal loggers in a two-month period.

Heaps of timber have been spotted along the roads in Ia Lốp and Ia Jlơi communes, and even in front of the Ia Jlơi Commune People’s Committee office, raising concerns that the illegal loggers have the backing of the local authorities.

The dry season is said to be the best time of the year for illegal loggers as the forest is less dense and paths are more accessible, making it easy to transport the timber out.

Phuc has also asked the provincial People’s Committee to clarify the issues raised by local media and investigate illegal logging without delay.

Dak Lak Province has 86,000 hectares of forest land. Of this, 80,960 hectares are natural forest, and the rest have been planted.

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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 dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). 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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