Clean and beautiful concrete roads go to each alley; many new spacious and prominent constructions in the countryside… These are the most noticeable images when coming to Phay village, Ngoc Chien commune, Muong La district, Son La province. The people here said that, in addition to the support from the national target programthen the funding source from paying for services forest environment play an important role in bringing about that change.
“Last year, the village received 1.1 billion VND for forest environmental services. The village used a part to build welfare works such as village gates, village churches, stadium construction, new rural roads, etc. stone embankment in the village is nearly 4 km,” said Mr. Lo Van Kim, Head of Phay village.
Ngoc Chien commune has more than 18,400 hectares of forest; in which the area to be paid is over 12,500 ha, the total amount of money from the annual average payment is about 15 billion VND.
Chairman of the Commune People’s Committee Ngoc Chien Lo Van Xay said that, in addition to paying for groups, mass groups and forest owners, the commune authorities have mobilized people in the villages to rationally use this fund to fulfill the goals. new rural construction.
“We direct the collection and expenditure in specific, clear, public documents and lists and are signed by the people. Then agree with the village to carry out welfare and basic construction works. , the welfare works of the village” – Chairman of the Commune People’s Committee Ngoc Chien Lo Van Xay said.
The benefits that forests bring further contribute to raising people’s awareness and responsibility in protecting and developing this resource. Like Nam village, Chieng Chung commune, Mai Son district (Son La) has established a mass forest protection group with 36 members, divided into 6 groups; Each group will take turns patrolling, detecting, preventing and promptly handling acts of illegal forest encroachment.
“The forest protection team has checked twice a week in high forest fire areas, made runways of fires, people’s awareness has been higher because of the great benefits of the forest” – Mr. Cam Van Hien , the leader of the forest management and protection group in Nam village, Chieng Chung commune, Mai Son district.
Mr. Le Trong Binh, Director of the Son La Forest Protection and Development Fund, over the past time, the unit has actively propagated to raise awareness of forest owners and communities living near the forest. In addition, it is necessary to strengthen the inspection and supervision of the use of payment for forest environmental services in the localities; promptly remove difficulties and obstacles in the management and use of forest environment service fees and the organization of forest management and protection by the commune-level People’s Committees and forest owners.
In order to ensure the payment on schedule, publicity and transparency, the Fund has promoted non-cash payment. In 2021, the Fund cooperated with the Bank for Social Policies, Agribank and ViettelPay Son La to open accounts and disburse money for forest environmental services to over 40,000 forest owners, with a payment of nearly VND 178 billion.
“In the coming time, we will focus heavily on two key tasks, which is the plan No. 273 of the Provincial People’s Committee on building and replicating the model of regulations on management and use of forest environment service fees in the village. from time to time, coordinate with the People’s Committees of districts and cities to review, revoke, and exchange forest land use right certificates according to Resolution No. 92 of the Provincial People’s Council…” – Mr. Le Trong Binh, Director of the Fund for Protection and Development Forest Development in Son La province said.
It can be seen that forest environmental services have contributed to improving the appearance of rural Son La. This is also an important source of funding for grassroots groups and groups to further improve their responsibilities for forest management and protection in the locality. Since then, gradually implementing the goal of the 15th Son La Provincial Party Congress, which is to increase the forest cover to 50% by 2025.
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