Angola plans better inventory of forests and trees

24 August 2011

Cela, Angola, 24 Aug – The Angolan government aims to create a plan for rational exploitation of forest resources which can provide more detailed information about the status of forests and trees, the Angop news agency reports. 

The plan will be discussed at a meeting in Wako Kungo, Cela municipality, attended by officials from Kwanza Sul, Benguela, Huambo, Huila and Namibe provinces.

“Angola has huge forest resources that can make a major contribution to economic growth, but they need to be inventoried. That’s why we’ve brought these provinces together to identify their potentials,” said National Forest Inventory Project coordinator Mateus Simão Andre.

For five days the officials will discuss subjects such as the monitoring and evaluation of national forest resources, ecological functions and climate regulation.

A total of US$1.357 million have been invested in Angola’s National Forest Inventory in the last four years.

The inventory is combined with a chart providing specific information about the forests. It will be updated every five years using satellite-based space distribution and cartographic projections. (macauhub)