Finland helps boost forestation in Vietnam
  • | VNS | November 24, 2017 04:20 PM
Afforestation and timber trade campaigns are among various events that will be held across Vietnam to highlight co-operation between Vietnam and Finland and particularly to celebrate 100 years of Finland’s independence, which falls on December 6.

A press conference is held on Thursday in Hanoi by the Finnish Embassy to announce activities to highlight Vietnam-Finland co-operation and celebrate 100 years of Finland’s Independence

The events include a workshop on forestation being held on Friday by the Finnish Embassy in Vietnam and ActionAid Vietnam within the framework of the project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and ActionAid Vietnam.

The project, themed “People’s participation in improving forest governance and poverty reduction”, is implemented in a context that Vietnam’s timber exporting potential is hindered by a shortage of supply while the domestic raw timber market is underutilised.

A platform for decision-makers and stakeholders to discuss the current status, trends and solutions to maximise the capacity of the domestic timber market, as well as the standards that domestic suppliers need to reach to meet the international market’s requirements will also be presented at the workshop, according to a press release from the Finnish Embassy.

The Finnish Embassy will aslo coordinate with the Hanoi People’s Committee to hold a tree planting ceremony at the intersection of Trần Thái Tông, Tôn Thất Thuyết and Phạm Văn Bách streets on Saturday, Finnish Ambassador to Vietnam Kari Kahilouto said at a press conference in Hanoi on Thursday.

The 100 trees to be planted demonstrate 100 years of Finland’s independence and the close friendship between Vietnam and Finland. The event will also contribute to Hanoi’s effort to build a green and sustainable city.

Other activities include a launch ceremony that will be held on November 27 to announce the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s decision to issue the Forest Resources Monitoring System, the ambassador said.

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