During mid-December, a group of 100 enthusiastic tourists embarked on an engaging tour in the charming city of Hoi An. This immersive experience featured a variety of activities such as cycling through the scenic countryside, participating in a marathon, and exploring the beautiful Bay Mau coconut forest nestled within Cam Thanh Commune.

During their visit to Cam Thanh, every tourist had the opportunity to plant a small tree, generously donated by local travel companies and individuals.

Several tree-planting tours have been successfully organized at the Bay Mau coconut forest, as reported by Phan Xuan Thanh, the chairman of the Quang Nam Tourism Association.

“The events of the past year have vividly demonstrated the vulnerability of human life,” stated Le Quoc Viet, a respected hotelier situated on Hoi An’s renowned An Bang beach. In collaboration with several tour operators in Quang Nam, Le Quoc Viet has been actively coordinating tree-planting excursions to contribute towards the restoration and preservation of the region.”

“By fostering a harmonious coexistence with nature and responsibly mitigating our impact, we can actively minimize the occurrence of catastrophic events like those witnessed in 2020.”

Viet mentioned the destruction of numerous tourism facilities in Hoi An caused by the severe impact of multiple storms that struck Vietnam’s central region from late October to early November last year.

In an effort to combat deforestation and promote environmental conservation, Viet has actively encouraged local businesses to participate in tree planting initiatives in coastal and mountainous regions.

Tourists plant trees during a tour in Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. Photo: Linh Trang / Tuoi Tre

Tourists plant trees during a tour in Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. Photo: Linh Trang / Tuoi Tre

Viet mentioned that he, along with other tour operators, is collaborating closely with the authorities of Hoi An and the Quang Nam People’s Committee to secure vast forest land where tourists can actively participate in tree plantation activities.

Viet explained that tourists will be able to monitor the development of the trees they have planted and once they are fully grown, they will be handed over to the locals for them to manage and utilize.

The authorities in Quang Nam are urging both tourists and local residents to join in tree-planting initiatives aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change.

One of the significant reforestation projects in the central province, following the October-November disaster, resulted in the establishment of a noteworthy golden oak forest. This forest was successfully planted in the Thanh Ha industrial cluster located in the namesake ward within Hoi An City.

In December, a sizable plot of land spanning over one hectare was adorned with approximately 1,000 golden oak trees. This initiative was made possible by the generous support of the Quang Nam Tourism Association, which has been funding this project since 2019.

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