Deputy PM urges efforts to realise sustainable forestry development goals

Friday, 2017-03-17 06:00:57
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Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung speaks at the conference.
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NDO – Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has asked the forestry sector and localities to implement solutions to fulfil the goals of the sustainable forestry development target programme for 2016-2020.

The deputy PM made the request at a conference held in the central province of Nghe An on March 17 to review the 2011-2016 forest protection and development plan and implement the target programme for the following five-year period.

He spoke highly of the significant outcomes attained by the forestry sector over the years, while highlighting the importance of forest preservation and development work.

He urged the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and relevant ministries, sectors and the provincial People’s Committees to strengthen management over forest and forest land planning, diversify capital sources for the implementation of the sustainable forestry development target programme, complete policies on forest protection and development, boost communication about the socio-economic, environment, security and defence values of forests, and raise public awareness of forest protection.

As reported by the MARD, the production value of forestry grew rapidly, at 6.57% per year, between 2011 and 2016. Forest coverage rose from 39.7% in 2011 to 41.19% in 2016, while export revenues of wooden and forestry products increased by more than double within five years, from an annual average of US$2.8 billion during 2006-2010 to US$6.52 billion during 2011-2015 (US$7.3 billion in 2016 alone).

So far, about 1.2 million households with nearly five million labourers have participated in forest management and protection as well as forestry production. Many models of forestry production have yielded an income of over VND100 million (US$4,400) per hectare per year.

At the conference, delegates delivered presentations pointing out shortcomings as well as the causes and outcomes of the implementation of forest protection and development associated with the restructuring of the forestry sector, thence proposing the goals, tasks and solutions for sustainable forestry development during 2016-2020. Accordingly, the production value of forestry is expected to grow 5.5-6% annually by 2020; forest coverage increases by 42%; plantability hits 20 cubic metres per hectare per year; the export value of wooden and forestry products reaches at least US$8 billion; and 25 million jobs are stably maintained in the sector.

The total funding for the sustainable forestry development target programme during 2016-2020 is balanced at around VND59.6 trillion (US$2.62 billion), with VND9.46 trillion (US$416.24 million) in development investment capital from the State budget.

The MARD suggested the Government continue allocating capital for the protection and development of new open forests in 2017 and the following years; prioritise official development assistance (ODA) projects for the forestry sector, particularly for the Central Highlands and coastal regions; and soon approve the feasibility study report for the sustainable forestry programme and the project to rehabilitate, protect and sustainably develop forests in the Central Highlands region.