Vientiane province officials have cautioned people living near forest conservation areas not to encroach on them to raise livestock and upland rice. “In the zones of forest conservation we have banned the encroachment, however many places are deforested,” Director of the Agriculture and Forestry Department in Vientiane province Mr Sethxay Vilayphay told Vientiane Times last Thursday.
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If investors are found encroaching on national conservation forest areas or national protection forest areas they will be ordered to cease all activities immediately, according to agriculture and forestry officials. Forest authorities will call the encroachers to their offices and educate them. In cases where they still fail to discontinue their activities after being informed by the authorities, the invaders who are breaking the regulations will be prosecuted under the country’s laws. Director of the Agriculture and Forestry Department in Vientiane province Mr Sethxay Vilayphay told Vientiane Times on Thursday that some investors and local people have planted trees on a few parcels of land within a conservation forest area. “Hinheup district is one of the places in the province where conservation forest is found to be being encroached upon,” he mentioned.