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Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment: Spreading the meaning of planting trees and greening mountainous areas

19/05/2021

    On March 14th, 2021, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc attended a ceremony to respond to the national program of planting 1 billion trees “For a green Vietnam” organized by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) in cooperation with Nghệ An Province at the national historic site of Truông Bồn, Đô Lương District.

    The Ceremony was attended by the Member of the Politburo, Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Vương Đình Huệ; Member of the Politburo, Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Internal Affairs Phan Đình Trạc; Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Uông Chu Lưu and leaders of other ministries. The participants from the MONRE include Minister Trần Hồng Hà, Deputy Minister Võ Tuấn Nhân and leaders of units directly under the Ministry.

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc attends a ceremony in Nghệ An province to respond to the national program of planting 1 billion trees

    Speaking at the Ceremony, Minister Trần Hồng Hà affirmed that the National Program of planting 1 billion trees “For a green Vietnam” in the period of 2021 - 2025 was initiated by the Prime Minister. This Program brings great significce that not only greening bare land, restoring the forestry ecosystem but also greening every street corner, road, offices, schoolyards, and house in urban and rural areas across the country. The Program also aims to correct the mistakes in dealing with nature during the past long time, and “make Việt Nam become an attractive destination for living in harmony with nature on the world map”. Along with that, it contributes to the global pledge for nature “Unite to reverse biodiversity loss by 2030 for sustainable development” and the United Nations Decade of Ecosystem Restoration 2021 - 2030.

    Following the call of the Prime Minister, along with ministries, line ministries, and localities across the country, the MONRE has implemented various activities to protect the environment, contributing to the spread of tree planting and ecological preservation. The Ministry has elaborated and submitted to the Prime Minister for consideration and approval a scheme on restoring and developing a green tree system with the overall goal of maintaining green tree infrastructure, natural ecosystems and sustainable development of urban biodiversity and green tree ecosystems in critical areas to ensure ecological functions in environmental protection, response to climate change, flood prevention, and disaster mitigation. The scheme helps to overcome the existing shortcomings and inadequacies, in which the tree planting is undertaken based on a specific scientific basis. Accordingly, the process of planting, tending, and protecting trees and selection of varieties are suitable for the characteristics of the ecosystem, biodiversity, soil, water sources and requirements for greenery functions. Consequently, it creates substantial and strong movements in the whole society, including organizations, businesses, households and individuals for planting trees and protecting the environment and nature.

    On this occasion, Minister Trần Hồng Hà suggested other Ministries and line Ministries study and complete the institutions and policies on green tree planning; mechanisms, and policies to encourage the society to plant and protect trees and enjoy environmental values. The provinces and centrally-run cities direct the review of land fund and the coverage of green trees, selection of suitable varieties, application of modern technologies in growing and protecting green trees; promptly commend and reward the best practices, best models and the best value initiatives.

    With the desire to spread the meaning of planting trees and greening mountainous and rural areas, the MONRE gifted 10,000 Chittagong wood and golden oak trees to the people of Đô Lương District.

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(Source: Vietnam Environment Administration Magazine, English Edition I - 2021)

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