Forest coverage in Dak Lak province has declined recently (Photo: VNA)

Dak Lak (VNA)
– Forest coverage in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak has shrunk to 505,076ha – down 10,533ha – according to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

There are over 461,300ha of natural forests, down 10,198ha from 2016 – partly due to illegal logging in recent years, mostly in the districts of Ea Sup, Buon Don, Krong Bong, Ea Kar, M’D’rak, Ea H’leo, and Yok Don national park; as well as Ea So and Chu Yang Sin Natural Reserves.

Ea Sup district has lost the most natural forest area, with 9,300ha destroyed.

The province’s forest coverage has reduced 0.81 percent to 38.49 percent, if the area of rubber and fruit trees is counted. Excluding those types of plantation, the forest coverage is only 36.6 percent.

As well as speeding up forest plantation, Dak Lak has asked localities to form inter-sectoral inspection groups to deal with violations of the Law on Forest Protection and Development; and promptly prevent deforestation and forest transgression, as well as illegal exploitation, transportation, and trade of forestry products.

Individuals and organisations in charge of forest protection will also be held responsible in the case of potential future violations.–VNA