Mozambican government bans export of four species of tree logs

8 January 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 8 Jan – The Mozambican government has banned the export of logs of four species of tree in 2007, a decision aimed at encouraging the setting up of processing companies in order to create more jobs.

According to daily newspaper Notícias, the four species – known locally as mondzo, pau-ferro, muanga and chanate – have been reclassified as first class species, whose export is only permitted after processing.

Due to a lack of processing of forest species, Zambezia province, for example, has exported up to 17,000 jobs per year.

Several environmental organizations have protested about this situation, particularly because of the destruction of the forests acted out in front of powerless local populations. (macauhub)