Vietnam’s Ministry of National Defense has set a goal to grow 2,469 hectares of forest and 3.3 million trees across the country in 2022.
The goal was announced at a ceremony held at Regiment 916 under the Air Defense and Air Force Service on Sunday to launch the Tet (Lunar New Year) tree planting movement among the entire armed services.
At the event, General Phan Van Giang, Minister of National Defense, expressed his belief that the tree planting and afforestation movement will achieve good results, contributing to the implementation of the program for planting one billion trees by 2025, under the message ‘For a Green Vietnam,’ initiated by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on April 1, 2021.
To accomplish the above goal, the minister requested all subordinate agencies and units to continue raising awareness among all officers, soldiers, and employees about the role, significance, and humanity value of tree planting, afforestation, forest protection, and ecological environment protection, the minister said.
|General Phan Van Giang, Vietnam’s Minister of National Defense, is seen speaking at the launching ceremony for the Tet tree planting movement in the whole army on February 6, 2022. Photo: Thuy Du / Tuoi Tre|
Each army unit is required to set up its specific plan for tree planting and afforestation, General Giang said.
Agencies and units stationed in urban areas facing difficult conditions in terms of land banks should prioritize growing large trees, perennial, and multi-purpose trees such as shade trees and valuable fruit trees.
Along with the tree planting campaign, the minister requested that all army units protect and take care of trees while coordinating with departments of agriculture and rural development nationwide to apply scientific and technological advances to increasing the productivity, quality, and value of planted trees.
Immediately after the ceremony, participants took part in the first drive of planting about 5,150 trees, mainly acacia, black star, and camphor.
Tree planting will help reforest bare lands and barren hills, prevent and mitigate natural disasters, regulate the climate, improve the environment, create green, clean, and beautiful landscapes, and generate jobs, the minister said.