Japan’s AEON Corporation has continued efforts to assist Vietnam’s central Thua Thien-Hue province to expand its forest acreage.

It launched on September 16 the planting of more than 2,000 trees in Lang Co Bay area in the province, which saw the participation of nearly 300 local people and 100 volunteers from Japan .

Around 6,000 more trees will be planted in the area later this year.

The AEON-initiated three-year programme, initiated in 2010, is expected to cover 34 ha of land in Lang Co with a total of 72,000 trees of Merawan, Kanyin Byu and Acacia species.

Apart from Vietnam, AEON has also carried out afforestation programmes in other Asian countries such as Japan, China, Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Laos, to realise its 9.8 million tree planting plan.

In addition to its afforestation project in Thua Thien-Hue, the Japanese retailer corporation has also funded the locality in constructing 30 schools in 2010-2013 with a 3 million USD non-refundable aid.-VNA