News Brief (E353, 11 Feb, 2010)
Quang Binh: Illegal timber hot spot
According to an article on the website www.tienphong.com.vn, the author himself witnessed cars transporting timber for sale at Huong Hoa Commune in Tuyen Hoa District under the loose management of local authorities. Although this location is considered a hot spot for illegal timber transportation, rangers have not made any arrests since Tan Ap timber checking point was established.
Dong Nai: Elephants disturb locals
The hot issue for residents from Phu Ly Commune in Vinh Cuu District is that elephants destroying local crops. Although policies are in place to compensate locals for damage caused, no payments have been received. The local authorities have been waiting for functional agencies to make a proposal regarding the conservation of wild elephants.
Dac Lac: 17 years in jail for deforestation
On February 4, Krong Nang People’s Court handed down a total of 17 years’ imprisonment for three violators for the destruction of a forest. Seven months earlier, the trio were caught cutting down 10ha of natural forest in order to plant trees without permission from authorities.
Kien Giang: No home for sarus crane
Hon Chong is an ideal place for many flocks of sarus crane (Grus antigone) because of its peacefulness and stable water level. However many companies in the area, such as a cement manufacturer and shrimp factory, have ruined the environment of the sarus crane to make a profit.
Phu Tho: Officer caught taking bribe
On February 7, one officer from Viet Tri District FPD was found receiving a bribe in a illegal forest product transportation case. The previous day, when checking a car crossing Phu Tho Province, the officer found the car carrying forest products exceeding the driver’s forest product limit. Instead of following legal procedures, the officer accepted VND100 million from the driver as a bribe.
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Tran Phuong Minh
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