Gia Lai forest destruction to be investigated
  • | dtinews.vn | September 17, 2019 02:26 PM
Forest rangers in Gia Lai Province have asked for a police investigation following the destruction of nearly 1,200 hectares of forest in the area.


Gia Lai forest destruction to be investigated

Various violations were found out after the provincial inspectorate examined the management and usage of funds and forest land at Ia Puch Forest.

Ia Puch Protective Forest Management Board was responsible for 16,763 hectares of land. However, since 2008, local people have illegally destroyed 868 hectares of forest land for agricultural activities. Firms destroyed 359 hectares for rubber plantations.

The management board only filed reports about violations on 62 hectares. They didn't know about the other cases.

The inspectorate also found out that 110 illegally built residential houses on 12.4 hectares of forestry land along National Highway 14C. They are mostly workers at Quoc Cuong Gia Lai Company and Binh Duong Company. The management board has reported about this problem but it hadn't been dealt with properly.

The inspectorate concluded that Nguyen Thi Huong, the director of Ia Puch Protection Forest Management Board from 2008 to 2013, and Phan Quoc Huy, the current director, must take full responsibility.

It is also revealed that while building the offices, the management board has wrongly paid out VND37.8m. The management board was asked to recover and return the money. The inspectorate suggested transferring the forest destruction case to the police for further investigation.

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