Vietnam seeks to promote better management of land, forests

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Vietnam is looking to launch in September an international initiative on sustainable management of land and forests, a senior official says.

The green economy initiative, which focuses on forest management, will be introduced in collaboration with the Netherlands, Deputy Head of Vietnamese Delegation to the United Nations, Bui The Giang, was quoted by the Vietnam News Agency as saying.

He said the initiative aims to boost dialogue and cooperation among policy makers, facilitate the development of small and medium-sized forest enterprises, and improve living conditions in rural areas.

Giang was attending the UN Forum on Forests in New York, an intergovernmental meeting dealing with forest-related issues that concluded on Friday.

He said the UN has just kicked off a year-long celebration to raise awareness of the value of forests around the world.

The UN on Wednesday declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to promote conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests, which at least 1.6 billion people depend on for their livelihoods and subsistence needs.

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