Ministry targets 20 percent rise in planted trees in 2022 hinh anh 1Inspecting a tree planting model in Phu Yen province. (Photo: VNA) 
Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has asked localities to launch a tree planting festival on the occasion of the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) and encourage people from all walks of life to plant trees, aiming for at least 20 percent rise in the number of newly-planted trees compared to the figure of 2021.

In its directive issued on December 30, the ministry advised localities to strengthen communications right from the beginning of 2022 to raise public awareness of forest and environmental protection, helping to mitigate impacts of natural disasters and climate change.

Localities should focus on expanding special-use, protective and production forest areas, and planting more trees in urban and rural areas.

The MARD asked localities nationwide to design their own tree planting plans in association with the implementation of their forestry development tasks in the 2021-2025 period and the “One billion trees” project in the period.

Along with strengthening forest management, protection and development as well as handling violations in the field, localities were requested to prepare equipment and resources for the prevention and control of wildlife.

In 2021, localities across the nation planted 260,00 hectares of concentrated forest and 100 million scattered trees./.