Deforestation haunts Vietnam’s Central Highlands

Tuoi Tre News

Updated : 06/23/2017 18:00 GMT + 7

Severe deforestation in Quang Son Commune, Dak G’Long District, located in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong

 

Countless hectares of forest in Vietnam’s Central Highlands are being destroyed as the result of industrial and agricultural activities conducted by local businesses and residents at such a rate that authorities are unable to prevent the situation.

Businesses, residents, and even immigrants in the Central Highlands region are exploiting the local forests for its natural resources.

Meanwhile competent authorities have been unable to manage the excessive exploitation, with some even caught abetting the harmful activities.

According to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters this year, a large area of forest along National Highway 14 in Tuy Duc and Dak Song Districts in Dak Nong Province has vanished.

A local resident stated that the area was cleared to make space for coffee plantations.

“The soil here is perfect for the agricultural activity. First people just chopped down a small area of the forest, but eventually the entire area was replaced with coffee trees,” he elaborated.

In Quang Son Commune, Dak G’Long District, chopping down trees and burning forest to make way for reservoirs and farms have become a common sight.

According to Le Cong Truong, head of the Dak Nong Department of Forest Protection, four officers were suspended for their oversight in a recent case of deforestation.

Against the backdrop of severe damage to local forests, the provincial Department of Police has begun to slap penalties on those responsible.

Immigrants fell trees for wood in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Records of the Dak Nong Party Committee show that the province previously was home to over 254,950 hectares of forest before the management of these areas was transferred to local businesses and residents.

Shortly after, between 2013 and 2015, about 27,000 hectares were cleared.

The provincial Part Committee has established eight special groups of officers to boost their ability to protect local trees.

Le Dien, Dak Nong’s Party chief, called out corrupt officials as a primary cause of rapid deforestation across the province.

In one case, the former chief of police in Dak Song District, Colonel Le An Tinh, was caught handing dozens of hectares of forest to locals for the establishment of pepper plantations.

Another case involved the arrest of Pham Xuan Sang, an ex-official at the provincial Department of Police, for violating the law on forest protection, Dien elaborated.

Leaders of several forestry companies have also been charged for clearing thousands of hectares of forest under their management.

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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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