Central Highlands provinces fail to meet forest replantation target hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

Dak Lak (VNA) – Provinces in the Central Highlands region failed to achieve their plans on replanting forest in 2016, according to the Steering Committee for the Central Highlands Region.

Until now, the provinces have just finished planting 8,794 hectares of replacing forest, or 40.9 percent of the total area they have to plant.

Regarding reasons for this situation, the committee said the localities have not paid enough attention to replanting forest and many project owners were not proactive in making forest replantation plans.

The committee urged the provinces to focus on completing forest replantation while boosting the application of technical advances to improve economic effectiveness and increase climate change adaptation.

Vietnam had more than 14 million hectares of forest as of December 21, 2015, including over 10.1 million hectares of natural forest and nearly 3.9 million hectares of planted forest.

The national forest coverage reached 40.84 percent in 2015, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The country aims to raise its forest coverage to 47.25 percent in 2017.-VNA