LAO CAI (VNS) — Thousands of hectares of forests in Hoang Lien National Park in the northern province of Lao Cai are struggling to overcome forest fires, deforestation and illegal logging. Hoang Lien National Park covers an area of nearly 30,000ha, spreading across six upland communes of Lao Cai Province’s Sa Pa District and Lai Chau Province’s Than Uyen District. Forest areas have increased over the years, mainly due to careless behavior, loose management, as well as illegal logging. Party Committee Secretary of Sa Pa District, Ma Quang Trung, said “The national park has several huge forest fires every year. 80 per cent of the fires are caused by local people who burn fields for land cultivation”. In the last five years, there were two huge forest fires that broke out in Hoang Lien National Park. In the largest forest fire in February 2010, fire destroyed approximately 1,700 ha of the park, including 1,000 ha at Ban Ho and Ta Van villages and 700ha in the area between Lao Cai and Lai Chau provinces, the People’s Committee of Lao Cai Province reported. According to Deputy Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Vang Van Khin, the core forest is home to… Read full this story
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