The Central Highlands province of Lam Dong has put forth a number of measures on forest planning and development, and support for people’s economic development in an effort to protect forests in the upper reaches of Dong Nai River.

The province will continue implementing a campaign to increase awareness and responsibility of agencies, organisations and individuals in forest management and protection as well as improving the quality of Dong Nai River ’s water.

The local authorities will also review and adjust plans relating to improvement of forest protection capacity in the river’s basin while consolidating forest management and protection forces, and increasing patrols and financial sources for this task.

Lam Dong now has nearly 597,700 ha of forest, covering 60.4 percent of its total natural area. Of which, the forest area in the Dong Nai River basin accounts for 51 percent.

However, the forest and forest land areas have remarkably decreased over the past time as a result of increasing land use demands for accommodation, agricultural production, industrial tree growing, and hydropower development.

The province sets a target of planting over 23,800 ha of forest between now and 2023.-VNA