People plant trees following the launch of the festival in Thua Thien-Hue (Photo: VNA)

Thua Thien-Hue (VNA) – The central province of Thua Thien-Hue launched a tree planting festival on February 2 with 120 sao den trees (Hopea odorata), a rare species, planted in An Dong ward of Hue city.

The tree planting festival has become a custom practiced whenever a new year comes in Vietnam.

It is a response to the call made by President Ho Chi Minh, who wrote an article entitled “Tree planting festival” published by the Nhan dan (People) newspaper on November 28, 1959. The article analysed the importance of planting trees to the country and each people and encouraged all people to engage in the work.

Thua Thien-Hue aims to plant 7,000ha of forest in 2017, raising the local forest coverage to 57 percent.

The province targets 61 percent of its area covered by forest by 2020. 

While special-use forest is hoped to make up over 26 percent of the total forest area, protection forest and commercial forest are expected to respectively account for more than 30 percent and nearly 44 percent by 2020.-VNA