The Prime Minister has approved a project to expand coastal forest coverage, to 19.5 percent by 2020 from the current rate of 16.9 percent, in an effort to respond to climate change.

The project, starting 2015, will aim for the growing of additional 46,058 hectares of forests for an ultimate area of 356,753 hectares by 2020.

The move is expected to deal with sea level rise while provide a protective shield for the sea dyke system, infrastructure and biodiversity, contributing to boosting socio-economic development and ensuring defence and security.

Five major solutions were defined to facilitate the implementation, ranging from land use, investment, science and technology, to communications and policy.

Coastal land lying within the dyke protection corridor that had been illegally occupied and used by individuals and organisations will be reclaimed for afforestation.

Forest protection will be jointly done by households and the community, according to the project.-VNA