Data on forests to be collected

Data on forests will be collected by an electronic information system for decision making to design a strategy for forest development.

Forest rangers patrol in the cajuput forest in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Kiên Giang’s U Minh Thượng National Park. — VNA/VNS Photo Tràng Dương

This was heard at a workshop on forest resource monitoring in Việt Nam held by the Việt Nam Administration of Forestry (Vnforest) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) in the central province of Thanh Hóa yesterday.

The system would provide up-to-date information on forest resources by generating reports on changes in forests, for example a reduction in forest area due to fire, deforestation or land-use change, said Vnforest deputy head Nguyễn Bá Ngãi.

Data on forest issues would no longer be gathered slowly, normally the national forest report for a specific year was only available six months later, after the MARD received all provincial reports, Ngãi noted.

He added that, thanks to the system, all forest-related information from the previous year would be immediately released early the next year.

According to Vnforest, the current state of forests across 40 out of 60 provinces has been uploaded to the system to date, and the other 20 provinces will have their data uploaded this year.

The forest resource monitoring system has been developed through the “Development of Information Management Systems for the Forestry Sector – Phase II project, which aims to assist Vnforest in storing national forest inventory statistics and forest monitoring data as well as providing up-to-date reports on forest changes.

Funded by the Government of Finland, the five-year project will be implemented until 2018.

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