Vietnam to rent out forests for ecotourism

Guest Writer

Kien Giang province, in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam, has approved a plan to rent out forests for eco-tourism purposes, Thanh Nien News has reported. The plan, to be carried out until 2015will see more than 6,800 hectares of forests rented out. Those leasing the forests will have to develop the natural resources in the area, such as planting trees. They will be allowed to construct, but only at specified locations.

“I don’t think renting the forests out will destroy their environment,” said Lam Hoang Sa, Vice Chairman of Kien Giang People’s Committee. “The project developers must have enough money, experience in forest management and show their commitment to the forest.”

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