Vietnam targets 42 percent forest coverage by 2020
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Vietnam targets 42 percent forest coverage by 2020

Economy, Vietnam, Vietnam Finance News

VNA
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 – 10:11:00 Print

Vietnam’s forest coverage is expected to increase to 42 percent by 2020 (Photo: tinmoitruong.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam aims to increase the nationwide forest coverage
to 42 percent, equivalent to 14.4 million hectares, by 2020, according to the target
programme on sustainable forest development during 2016-2020 recently approved
by the Prime Minister.

The country expects to achieve yearly forestry production growth rate of 5.5-6
percent and have artificial forests produce 20 cubic metres per hectare per
year. Exports of woodwork and forestry products are forecast to fetch 8-8.5
billion USD.

The sector eyes 25 million jobs with increased incomes, helping reduce poverty
and improving livelihoods for forestry workers.

The progamme sets out three main missions: protecting forest and preserving the
nature, improving forest quality and productivity and increasing added value of
forest products.

Under the programme, 15 percent of degrading forests, especially special-use
forests, will be recovered and preserved by 2020.

Additional
100,000 hectares of special-use forests will be planted while the number of
rare species which are on the brink of extinction will be increased.

Law enforcement should be promoted to cut down violations on forest development
and protection.-VNA

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