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Localities prepare for dry season and forest fires

 VietNamNet Bridge – A number of provinces across the country including Lai Chau, Nghe An and Tay Ninh are taking precautions to prevent forest fires as the dry season begins.

VietNamNet Bridge – A number of provinces across the country including Lai Chau, Nghe An and Tay Ninh are taking precautions to prevent forest fires as the dry season begins.


Residents from Than Uyen District in the northern mountainous province of Lai Chau cut wild plants to prevent forest fires in the dry season. — VNA/VNS Photo Cong Tuyen

According to the Centre for Meteorological and Hydrological Forecasting, prolonged hot weather and droughts are likely to hit at the start of the year on a large scale, making the risk of forest fires is very high.

Vuong The Man, deputy chairman of People’s Committee of Than Uyen District in the northern mountainous province of Lai Chau, said the risk of forest fire was high at the end of January. At the time, people often used slash-and-burn cultivation practices - the main reason for forest fires.

To minimise the damage caused by forest fires in the dry season, the district had instructed local governments to review fire hot-spot and organise campaigns to raise awareness of forest fire prevention among local people, he said.

Officials had been sent to villages to talk to people, providing them with instructions on proper slash-and burn cultivation practices.

Dozens of teams had been set up in villages and hamlets to prepare for fire emergencies.

The fact that forest protection had been included in hương ước (village rules) had helped improve people’s awareness of the issue.

Dieu Van Lien, party secretary of Na Phat Village in Phuc Than Commune, which has the largest forest area in the district with nearly 3,000ha, said local authorities would deal with anyone who destroyed the forest in accordance with village rules.

Firstly, payments for forest environmental services would be deducted.

Then fines would be issued depending on the number of violations. The fine for the first violation would be VND200,000 (US$8.6), VND500,000 ($21.5) for the second and VND1 million ($43) for the third.

However, Lien said most local residents followed village rules.

“No cases of forest fire or deforestation have been reported here over the past few years,” he said.

Lai Chau Province has more than 450,000ha of forests with a coverage ratio of nearly 50 per cent.

Nguyen Van Bien, head of Lai Chau Province’s Forest Protection Division, attributed the growth of forest areas to the efforts of local administrations in forest protection and fire prevention.

He also emphasised the effectiveness of getting the community involved in forest protection. Payments for forest environmental services have contributed to improving the lives of local residents while linking their benefits to effective fire prevention, he said.

In the central province of Nghe An, the provincial People’s Committee has issued an instruction requesting heads of departments and agencies as well as the chairmen of districts to adopt measures to prevent  forest fires.

A hotline has also been set up so local residents can inform authorities of violations and fires.

Tay Ninh Province near HCM City has taken a number of measures to prevent forest fires during the ongoing dry season.

At the beginning of the season the steering committee of the province’s target programme for sustainable forest development apprised relevant agencies, local authorities and farmers tending forests about the measures.

The steering committee regularly inspects and tells the farmers to identify places that are at high risk of forest fires and adopt preventive measures like cutting grass and other vegetation, controlling burning of vegetation and making firebreaks in forests along the border with Cambodia and in places where fires can engulf a large area.

The province has instructed farmers and local authorities to raise awareness of preventing forest fires and set up more protection stations at entrances to forests.

The stations are meant to keep people from entering to harvest firewood and honey, graze animals and burn dried grass.

The dry season usually runs from December to April.

Ta Van Dao, deputy head of the steering committee, said the Lo Go – Xa Mat National Park, Chang Riec historical and cultural forest, Dau Tieng protected forest, Ba Den Mountain’s special use national forest, and forests in the border districts of Chau Thanh and Ben Cau have fire prevention plans in place.

They have also installed adequate firefighting facilities like water tankers, pumps and fire extinguishers and monitor their forests around the clock.

The Lo Go – Xa Mat and Dau Tieng, which normally suffer forest fires in the dry season, have built three more 33m-high watch towers.

Tay Ninh has more than 70,000ha of canopy comprising special use forests, protected forests and forests grown to harvest timber. Most are situated on the Cambodia border.

Source: VNS


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