Maiombe forest in Angola to be protected

16 September 2010

Huambo, Angola, 16 Sept – The Maiombe Forest in Angola’s Cabinda province, has been classified as a restricted environmental conservation are, in order to prevent the destruction of its biodiversity, the Angolan Environment Ministry decided.

The decision made by the ministry’s consultation council, meeting since Tuesday in Huambo province, followed the presentation of a study showing that the forest was currently under threat from human pressure, which is fundamentally made up of selective and non-sustainable exploration of wood, itinerant agricultural practices and poaching.

As well as the Maiombe park, the consulting council also approved to natural conservation areas; the Mussuma national park (Moxico) and Luiana national park (Kuando Kubango).

According to environment minister, Fátima Jardim, the sector is carrying out research and surveys for approval of new areas and ensure, via concerted policies, the appropriate protection of those places.

The second consulting council of the Environment ministry is focusing particularly on the celebration of biodiversity in Angola, and amongst other things will cover issues related to restoring national parks and proposals for integration of new conservation reservations.

It is also analysing the legal regulatory diploma for environmental activities, inspection mechanisms, boosting policies for raising awareness and environmental education.

The 2nd consulting council of the Environment Ministry is due to end Thursday. (macauhub)