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The use of electronic chainsaws creates difficulties for forest protection in the Bu Gia Map National Park

TUEsday - 09/11/2021 15:14
Nowadays, illegal loggers make use of electronic chainsaws, a type of chainsaws that does not create loud sounds, affecting the detection and prevention of illegal logging activities
On 19 July 2021, forest rangers of the Bu Gia Map National Park detected and prevented a group of illegal loggers including 6 people who brought an electronic chainsaw to illegally cut down trees in the sub-area 5 belonging to the Bu Gia Map National Park. These illegal loggers escaped and left one electronic chainsaw and three batteries when they met the patrolling force. Electronic chainsaws threat the protection of natural forests in the Bu Gia Map National Park and more generally.

Electronic chainsaw

The Bu Gia Map National Park has strengthened law enforcement to prevent illegal activities on the border with the Dak Nong province, and the use of electronic chainsaws shows that illegal loggers are more and more clever in cutting trees. Illegal loggers used to make use of fueled chainsaws that create loud sounds, and it was easy for forest rangers to detect and prevent illegal activities. Nowadays, loggers apply advanced technologies to keep their illegal activities secret by using handsaws and electronic chainsaws. Therefore, it is much more difficult for forest rangers to patrol in the border areas that are already difficult and complex.
The current situation shows that the protection of natural forests is more and more difficult because loggers apply advanced technologies to cut down trees. This problem also reveals that the flexibility and investment in supporting forest protection are much needed than ever to solve problems related to the use of advanced technologies in conducting illegal activities.

Author: Pham Tuan Thuc (Division of Forest Ranger)

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