Vietnam’s forest coverage up in 2021 hinh anh 1Illustrative photo. (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam’s forest coverage reached 42.01 percent in 2021, up 0.11 percent from a year earlier, according to the Forest Protection Department.

The department also reported a 12-percent decline in the number of violations of the Law on Forestry this year while the area of forest lost due to fires, deforestation, and natural disasters plunged 33 percent year on year.

The country has seen positive progress in forest protection, wildfire prevention and fighting compared to the previous year, it said.

In 2022, the department plans to focus on developing legal documents and strengthening management in forest protection, forest fire prevention and fighting. It will also closely monitor the conversion of forest land for other purposes locally, get tougher on violations and enhance international cooperation in forest protection and development./.