Angolan government wants private sector to be involved in reforestation

29 September 2011

Luanda, Angola, 29 Sept – Angola’s Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fishing, Pedro Canga, Wednesday in Luanda asked for the private sector to get involved in the process of forestation and reforestation, which ahs been underway across the country since 1993.

The minister, who was speaking at the opening of the “Technical and Scientific Days on Forests and Food Safety in Angola,” said that, as well as being a great business opportunity, it would also contribute to the task of protecting the country’s natural forest and reduce pressure on it.

He said that the national strategy for forestation and reforestation identified the role of the State, the private sector and communities in the process, and the main instruments of actions had been prepared (National Policy and Forestry Legislation, Wildlife and Conservation Areas).

“The private sector is encouraged to set up forest plantations capable of supplying raw materials for industry, particularly for construction, paper pulp production, energy and fencing of agri-livestock properties,” said Pedro Canga, cited by Angolan news agency Angop.

He noted that the country’s forestry potential included an area of almost 53 million hectares, corresponding to 43.3 percent of Angola’s territory, including plantations, with rich ecosystems and biodiversity.

According to Canga, it is estimated that over 15 percent of the rural population works on the production, transport and sale of fire wood, producing charcoal and hunting and in the specific case of Luanda, over 50,000 people are either directly or indirectly linked to the sale of wood-based fuels. (macauhub)