State President launches tree-planting festival
21:04 | 07/02/2014
VGP – State President Truong Tan Sang on February 7 launched a tree-planting festival in the Ham Rong relic site in central Thanh Hoa city.

State President Truong Tan Sang (1st from L) launches tree-planting festival, Thanh Hoa, February 7, 2014 - Photo: VNA

Mr. Sang said Viet Nam is one of the countries hardest hit by climate change. The country has suffered from strong storms and floods in recent years, which caused huge human and property losses.

Tree plantation, forestation and forest protection have become an urgent priority in both the short and long terms, said the Head of State.

He called upon the entire population to enthusiastically respond to the planting campaign, which has become an annual event every spring since President Ho Chi Minh initiated the activity in 1959, while actively engaging in forest protection.

Together with local officials, the leader offered incense in memory of Vietnamese heroic mothers and martyrs and planted trees at the Ham Rong historical relic site.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, as many as 227,000 hectares of land nationwide were covered with green trees and 4.2 million hectares of forest were protected in 2013./.

By Khanh Phuong

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