More support in forestry modernisation in Vietnam

Regenerative efforts: Officials from the Thanh Hóa Forest Ranger patrolling the Xuân Liên National Park. — Vietnam News/ANN

The 4,040ha of forests planted and restored in the first phase of the World Bank-funded Forest Sector Modernisation and Coastal Resilience Enhancement Project will receive further care, as Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has issued a decision on the adjustment of the project investment, an official has said.

According to Pham Hong Vich, deputy head of the Management Board of Forestry Projects under the Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry, the decision is to raise resilience for coastal areas in the eight project localities, namely Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue.

Under the project, 37,956ha of protective forests are being reviewed and protected to complete protection fee payment.

The entire area of protective forests will be handed over to the localities after 2026 for further management and protection.

The project has put in place about 100 livelihood investment packages in five localities and will maintain the results of the 50 packages done in the first phase.

The target communes, districts and communities will carry out the maintenance and operation of 22 production technology packages and 85 others for infrastructure, which aim to serve sustainable production, increase income for locals, and contribute to protecting and developing existing coastal forest resources.Over 6,500 households have benefited directly from the project and 12,000 others, indirectly, with women accounting for about 40% of the beneficiaries. — Vietnam News/ANN

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