Hanoi launches tree-planting campaign

Saturday, 2017-02-04 16:50:47
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NDO/VNA - A ceremony took place in Tay Ho District, Hanoi, on February 4 to kick off the capital’s greening-up campaign in honour of the late President Ho Chi Minh.

In his speech at the ceremony, Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai recalled that 57 years ago, President Ho Chi Minh planted trees at the local Thong Nhat Park, and noted that ever since, a green festival has been held nationwide every spring.

He said Hanoi is leading the country in urbanisation and industrialisation, which have posed environmental issues.

Hai pointed to the fact that the city’s green spaces are not sufficient to maintain the balance of the ecology, while poor protection of trees, forest fires, and illegal logging have occurred.

He stressed the need for afforestation and planting trees along road sides as well as around office buildings, residential areas, schools and individual houses.

Educational campaigns to raise public awareness of the importance of tree protection are also important, added the municipal leader.

Hanoi is aiming to grow over 430,000 trees this year and 1 million trees between 2016 and 2020, according to Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung.