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Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Administration of Forestry under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reviewed the mid-term outcomes of the project Development of Management Information System for Forestry Sector – Phase II (FORMIS II).

The Finland-funded five year project is being carried out from April 2013 through to April 2018 with a total investment of 9.7 million EUR.

According to the Administration, the FORMIS II project aims to develop a management information system for the forest sector and expand the application of the system nationwide in a bid to ensure sustainable management of forestry resources.

Deputy Director General of the Administration Nguyen Ba Ngai highlighted the positive achievements the project has made over the past three years, saying that it helps raise the awareness of developing an information system for forest management at all levels.

The system has also facilitated the management of forest resources and helped enhance the capabilities of the staff involved.

The system has updated the forest coverage data of 15 localities, namely Bac Kan, Ha Tinh, Dak Lak, Kon Tum, Lam Dong, Gia Lai, Dak Nong, Bac Lieu, Soc Trang, Tien Giang, An Giang, Tra Vinh, Ben Tre, Ca Mau and Long An.

It is expected to connect the data of all localities by the end of 2016.

The first phase of the project was carried out from 2009 to 2012.-VNA