YBO - In 2022, departments, agencies, localities, forest owners and residents in Yen Bai province have made great efforts in forest management and wildfire prevention and control, with measures rolled out concertedly and effectively from the provincial to grassroots levels.
A drill of firefighting, search and rescue operations in Phong Du Thuong commune, Van Yen district.
Thanks to such efforts, violations of legal regulations on forest protection have reduced in localities, and wildfire cases have been detected and handled in a timely fashion.
Statistics show in the first 11 months of this year, Yen Bai reported 139 cases of law violations, of which four have faced criminal proceedings, with 30.3 cubic metres of timber and 52 animals seized.
However, illegal logging, transportation and trading of forest products, as well as forest land encroachment have still occurred in Mu Cang Chai, Tram Tau, Van Yen and Van Chan districts. There are also risks of wildfire in the dry season, especially in the province’s western highland districts.
In order to better manage and protect forests and prevent wildfire in 2023, especially before, during and after Tet (Lunar New Year), the provincial Forest Protection Department has instructed forest rangers and firefighters to provide consultancy for local authorities in building and implementing forest protection plans.
At the same time, the department has also directed forest owners and local specialised forces to coordinate and tighten their management over activities of wood processing facilities and households living near forests, dispatch forest rangers to the communes with many forests and near-by areas, and conduct patrols to promptly detect and prevent violations right from the grassroots level.
At the same time, the department has also closely joined hands with police and military forces in the work.
Instead of just making a living from and taking advantage of forests, the Mong ethnic minority people in Yen Bai province now considers forests invaluable assets and know how to create livelihoods and get rid of poverty.
After five years of implementation, the One Commune, One Product (OCOP) programme in Yen Bai province has developed strongly.
YBO – Yen Binh district organised fish release into Thac Ba Lake on February 2, an activity linked with the carp releasing custom practiced on the Land Genie and Kitchen Gods worshipping day (the 23rd day of the last lunar month) of the Vietnamese people.
In 2023, the goods export turnover of Tran Yen reached an estimated 84.6 million USD, equivalent to 130.8% of the set plan, and up 35.8% compared to the previous year.