Trees planted to green up Hanoi-Lao Cai highway hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)
Lao Cai (VNA) – A ceremony was held on February 19 in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai to launch tree-planting activities this year as part of a project to plant perennial trees along the Hanoi-Lao Cai highway.

The project, supported by the UN collaborative initiative on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (UN-REDD), aims to replace former cassava plantations with woodlands on nearly 4,000 ha.

Four districts and towns in Lao Cai have been selected to take part in the green project.

In 2015, with support from UN-REDD, residents in the target localities planted 200ha out of the planned 4,000ha.

Lao Cai authorities set a goal to increase local forest coverage to 56 percent by 2020. As such, 7,000ha of woodlands will be formed in the province this year.-VNA