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HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City will splash out 480 billion VND (21.5 million USD) on planting more than 1,613 hectares of forests and trees across the greater city municipality, with a view to increasing the rate of tree coverage to over 40 percent by the end of 2020.

To realise the target of growing at least 5 million trees to maintain and develop forest areas and a tree canopy, the city is encouraging local people to get involved in tree plantation, especially such high-value trees as Ta-khian, Burma padauk, camphor tree and pride of India.

In addition, the city also continues to implement forest development projects in Can Gio, Cu Chi and Binh Chanh districts while developing urban flower garden and a street tree system.

Scenic and street trees will be grown in accordance with new projects on upgrading the transport system, while much attention will be paid to forest protection, fire control and prevention, as well as tree care.

During 2011-2015, organisations and individuals of the city planted more than 5.16 million trees. The municipal Department of Transport grew some 39,827 trees and coated 39.83 hectares of land in new planting projects, while greening land reserved for transport and public places.-VNA