"Luong" bamboo in Thanh Hoa (Source: Internet)
Thanh Hoa (VNA) – An action plan for implementing the green growth strategy funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) was unveiled in the central province of Thanh Hoa on August 4.

Implementing the Vietnam National Green Growth Strategy, the provincial People’s Committee has built an action plan for realising the strategy in the locality to 2020, with a vision to 2030.

This is considered as a master plan to promote green economic development, reduce greenhouse emissions through economically and effectively using energy, enhancing the use of renewable energy, protecting biodiversity and effectively managing environmental pollution.

Thanh Hoa will focus on promoting clean production and reducing greenhouse emission, towards becoming one of the leading localities in realising the goals of environmental protection.

Along with the action plan for green growth, the provincial People’s Committee has also built action plans to increase the area for planting “luong” bamboo, and reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) between 2016-2020, with a vision to 2030.

These are specific strategies to foster green growth in the agriculture and forestry of the locality, based on its potential and strength.

Thanh Hoa has the largest area of “luong” bamboo nationwide, with 150,000 ha. The plant brings high economic value and great benefits to the local community, especially those in remote and mountainous areas.

Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Quyen expressed the hope that international organisations will cooperate with and support the province in implementing the action plans.

Craig Hart, Deputy Director of USAID in Vietnam hailed local authorities for their efforts to promote green growth, saying that the action plans will help Thanh Hoa achieve important targets in economic development, carbon emission reduction and environmental protection.

He stressed that USAID will work closely with and assist the locality in performing these action plans.-VNA