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Laos: Ministry launches tree planting push
May 18, 2012
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is encouraging government bodies, private companies and individuals to plant more trees in a bid to increase forest cover in Laos. This year, the ministry hopes that between the various sectors and companies, a total of 30,000 hectares of land can be planted out with both industrial and native trees.
Forestry Department Director General Dr Siravanh Sawathvong told Vientiane Times yesterday that a total of 12 million saplings of industrial, ornamental and native trees are being prepared for planting with the wet season almost here.
Some 17,000 hectares of land have been cleared for plantation timber so far, with industrial plantations to focus on rubber, eucalyptus and agarwood, Dr Siravanh said. Meanwhile other areas will not require clearing and saplings will be planted among existing vegetation. Meanwhile native saplings will also be planted in conservation and protected areas, and native and ornamental species planted along roadsides and in parks and gardens. The native saplings being raised include may dou, may tae and may tiew.
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Keywords: Asia, Lao PDR, Laos, native species, reforestation, tree planting