[enviro-vlc] VN manages forests to deflect climate change
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VN manages forests to deflect climate change
24/04/2008 -- 1:00 PM
Hanoi (VNA) – In an effort to fight climate change, Vietnam will continue to
work to increase forest coverage and importantly, ensure the quality of forest,
the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) said on April 23.
Apart from boosting preservation of biodiversity, Vietnam will strengthen
silvicultural methodology, said Deputy Director of International Cooperation
Department under the MARD, Tran Kim Long, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific
Forestry Week and the 22nd session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission in
In terms of policy, Long said, a strategy on forestry development by 2020 has
been approved, which has given an impetus for improving effective management of
Dr. Daniel Murdiyarso from the Centre for International Forestry Research, said
the strategy is a promising start to improvement and provides a solid policy
tool to support further work.
Assistant Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the
United Nations (FAO) Jan Heino also commended Vietnam ’s approach so far in
sustainable forest management.
Vietnam has developed a number of programmes and projects to protect and develop
forests, including Programme 327 to “green” wastelands and bare hills, and a
project to plant 5 million hectares of forest from 1998-2010. In addition, the
law on forest protection and development was amended in 2004.
As a result, Vietnam has increased its forest acreage from 9.3 million ha in
1995 to 12.87 million ha in 2006. The forest coverage now is 38 percent of the
country as compared to over 20 percent in the 1990s.
The Asia -Pacific Forestry Week and the 22nd session of the Asia-Pacific
Forestry Commission is being held from April 21-25. The event attracted the
participation of over 400 representatives from 33 members of the Asia-Pacific
Forestry Commission, over 30 non-governmental organisations, research institutes
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