Mozambican government approves new Forestry and Wildlife Law Regulations

7 December 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 7 Dec – Exploration tariffs and fines for infractions on forests and wildlife have been increased in Mozambique when the government approved the Regulations for the Law on Forests and Wildlife.

At the end of a meeting of the Council of Ministers, the deputy justice minister and government spokesman, Alberto Nkutumula, said that 12 years after the Law on Forests and Wildlife had taken effect some legal weaknesses had been noted that have allowed irregular activities to go on without applicable sanctions being sufficiently off putting.

Similarly, the Regulation on the Forest and Wildlife Law, according to Nkutumula, is the result of a lack of forest exploration under a basic license regime, the poor contribution of the forest and wildlife sector to State revenues due to low exploration fees, increasing infractions as well as growth of the business sector interested in forest plantations and wildlife estates, making regulation a necessity.

Under the terms of the new regulations, basic licenses will be based on a management plan and will also be valid for five years, as well as providing areas of up to 10,000 hectares.

The government spokesman said that current penalties for infractions were small, and the fines did not cover the damage caused. It was thus decided that a fine would be instated ranging from 10,000 to 1 million meticals, according to the forest or wildlife species affected. (macauhub)