Dak Lak works to reclaim illegally occupied forest land hinh anh 1​Illustrative image (Photo: VNA)
Dak Lak (VNA) – The Central Highlands province of Dak Lak is taking a number of measures to reclaim nearly 51,000 hectares of forest land that were illegally occupied for reforestation.

The aim is to increase the rate of forest coverage in the locality to 40.4 percent by 2020.

Apart from mobilising all human and financial resources to reduce deforestation and illegal occupation of forestry land, the province encourages forest owners to commit to a duration to give back land to the State.

Violating families will be punished as regulated if they do not voluntarily return the land.

Despite efforts, the province has just reclaimed nearly 2,000 hectares of forest land.

In Ea Sup district, which has thousands of hectares of illegally encroached land, only about 100 hectares have been returned so far.

Meanwhile, in M’Drak district, there are 1,247 hectares of land destroyed and unlawfully occupied. However, only 4.75 hectares have been recovered.-VNA