Local authorities, residents join with the youth in the Tree Planting Festival (Source: baohatinh)

Ha Tinh (VNA) – More than 1,000 young people and residents joined a Tree Planting Festival in memory of late President Ho Chi Minh on February 19 in the central province of Ha Tinh.

The event was jointly launched by the provincial People’s Committee and the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCMCYU) Central Committee.

Addressing the event, First Secretary of the Committee Nguyen Dac Vinh said in recent years, young people across the nation have actively participated in planting trees and forests.

Between 2013-2015, over 2,000 hectares of forest and 22 million trees of all kinds were planted and taken care of by HCMCYU members and young people nationwide, Vinh said.

Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Vo Tuan Nhan emphasided the importance of environmental protection, and climate change adaptation and hailed the proactive role of the Youth Union in this work.

On this occasion, some 10,000 trees were planted along the coastal areas in Cam Linh commune, Cam Xuyen district.

The HCMCYU Central Committee also presented 20 scholarships to outstanding students and 20 gifts to needy households in the district.

Previously on February 15, President Truong Tan Sang beat the ceremonial drum to kick off the national Tree Planting Festival 2016 in Hoang Khai commune, Yen Son district, northern Tuyen Quang province.

Last year, Vietnam planted 246,500 hectares of forest and involved local people to participate in the management of about 6.7 million hectares of forest.

Exports of forestry products hit over 7.2 billion USD in 2015, a year-on-year increase of 10.2 percent.-VNA