Lichinga, Mozambique, 4 Dec – The city of Lichinga is the venue for a conference on forestry projects underway in Mozambique’s Niassa province, which according to the provincial government will be the first wide-ranging and structured analysis of the sector, according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias.
Since 2005 when the biggest province in Mozambique started to receive international forestry projects, the investments made has generated over 6,000 jobs by just five companies, as well as construction of various infrastructures.
The conference, according to Niassa governor Arnaldo Bimbe, came in response to the Provincial Strategic Plan launched in February 2008 and has specific aims, namely to share experiences in the forestry industry with neighbouring countries, such as South Africa, which has vast areas of forest plantations.
The conference will also assess the positive and negative impacts of forest plantations on the province and identify specific actions to reduce negative impacts involving the Government, the private sector and civil society, including academic institutions. (macauhub)