A submerged forest by the sea (Photo: VNA)

Hau Giang (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang has undertaken efforts to develop thousands of hectares of forests in areas prone to salinity intrusion such as Long My and Vi Thuy districts, Nga Bay town, and Vi Thanh city.

Numerous incentives have been offered to encourage organisations, enterprises and households to get involved in forestation in combination with aquaculture.

The province plans to plant 1,000 hectares of new forests in the vulnerable areas. More than 62 billion VND (2.77 million USD) has been allocated for planting forests in the locality until 2020.

Annual tree planting campaigns have been launched across the province, while forest protection has been strengthened.

Hundreds of local households have received assistance in raising and breeding wild animals, including weasels, porcupines, crocodiles, vipers and snakes.

Communication work has been fostered to raise the public awareness about forest development and protection.

By 2020, 500 additional hectares of agricultural land will be added for forestation and another 1,340 hectares in Long My district will be zoned off for the purpose.

Currently, Hau Giang has a forest coverage of 2.04 percent of the province’s land.

The locality has earmarked 5,672 hectares for forest development, nearly 45 percent of which has been covered with production and special-use forests.-VNA