Ca Mau province loses 500-ha protection forest due to landslides annually

At a working session with mission team, Chairman of People’s Committee of Ca Mau Province in the Mekong delta Nguyen Tien Hai said that around 400-500 hectare protection forests disappear annually in the province due to landslides.

Ca Mau province loses 500-ha protection forest due to landslides annually

He added climate change and rising seawater have greatly impacted in the province at the yesterday working session with the team led by Standing Deputy Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Economic Affairs Cao Duc Phat about the five-year implementation of the Party Committee’s Resolution No.24 on actively coping with climate change and environment protection.
Mr. Hai said the mangrove forests in Ca Mau develop unpredictably. Trees don’t grow any more and forest areas shrink day by day. Annually, Ca Mau province looses 400 - 500ha protection forests because of landslides. Worse, within one recent year, sea waves are the major cause of erosion of 200 meter land in Ho Gui headland in Nam Can District.
In reality, climate change is making a profound impact on inhabitants’ lives. To cope with this. Ca Mau authority has zoned residential quarters and production but it is facing shortage of personnel and capital as the government’s support is so little.
Accordingly, he petitioned a more open mechanism including transferring land use to locals.
Speaking at the working meeting, Mr. Phat said that climate change has made negative impact in Ca Mau and local authorities have adopted various measures to cope with the natural disaster. Ca Mau authorities also took head to manage natural resources and protect environment; however, they must pay more attention to water pollution and air.
Mr. Phat concluded that he will report to the Politburo to direct related agencies to help the province in solving difficulties.

By TAN THAI - Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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