Rare forests being axed under authorities' noses in central Vietnam

By Dac Thanh   September 16, 2017 | 02:00 pm GMT+7

Locals are chopping down swathes of natural forests to replace them with high-yield timber.

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For several years now, residents in Quang Nam Province have been making a tidy profit from growing earleaf acacia trees, a fast-growing wood that turns high profits. Nature, on the other hand, hasn't fared so well, and a large area of natural forest in Tien Lanh Commune, Tien Phuoc District, has disappeared.

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Locals say many trees have been cut down but just a few cases of illegal logging have been detected by authorities.

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Just the stump remains of this once giant tree.

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After axing the trees, people leave them to dry before burning them. Then they wait for the rain to come and start planting earleaf acacia forests.

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Local authorities said Tien Lanh is home to more than 7,000 hectares of forest, half of which is protected. However,  “there is not enough manpower to manage such a large area.”

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Earleaf acacia saplings grow from what’s left of the old trees.

 
 
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