A meeting was held on June 11 in Bac Binh district of the central coastal province of Binh Thuan in response to World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) (June 17).

Addressing the event, Deputy Director General of the Vietnam Administration of Forestry Nguyen Ba Ngai called on individuals and organisations to cope with climate change and desertification by planting and protecting trees.

Participants and volunteers planted about 2,000 trees along the Bau Trang sand dune.

Vietnam currently has more than 9 million hectares of barren land, accounting for 28 percent of the country’s total land area, of which 7.5 million hectares are affected directly by desertification.

Binh Thuan is one of the provinces most heavily affected by desertification, especially in coastal localities. To deal with the issue, the province has made efforts to increase forest coverage.-VNA