Speaking at the NA working session, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong said Vietnam now has 14.6 million ha of forest, of which natural forests total 10.3 ha. (Photo: VGP)
Hanoi (VNA) -
Legislators raised issues regarding hydropower and forest
preservation and development during the 10th sitting of the 14th National Assembly in Hanoi on November 3.
appreciated the management policies adopted by the Government as well as the efforts
and resolve of the entire political system in the fight against COVID-19 and the
response to recent natural disasters.
the Government chart different scenarios, including a worst-case, given the
possibility of the pandemic continuing to develop in a complex manner and
climate change remaining unpredictable.
Some pointed to inconsistencies
in the socio-economic development strategy and forestry development, with a
number of forestation targets yet to be completed.
Trieu Thi Thu Phuong,
a deputy from the northern mountainous province of Bac Kan, proposed the
Government adjust budget allocations in the 2021-2025 mid-term public
investment plan for provinces with high forest coverage rates.
should also adopt policies helping residents in areas prone to natural
disasters stabilise their lives, and invest more in forestry infrastructure and
forestry product development, she said.
Speaking at the
working session, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan
Cuong said Vietnam now has 14.6 million ha of forest, of which natural forests total
the major efforts of the political system and the people to raise the forest
coverage rate from 27 percent in 1990 to 42 percent now, compared to the global
average of 29 percent.
businesses are operating in the forestry industry, with forestry export revenue
expected to reach 13 billion USD this year, according to the minister.
He stressed the
need to pour additional investments into forest protection in order to improve
the quality of the task.
commitments to sustainable forest development have been acknowledged
internationally, he added./.